More Judicial Endorsement Intrigue
The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee (which is comprised of 100 member organizations like the BCA, Forestry, Bankers, Realtors, etc.) released its judicial endorsements yesterday. Like the BCA slate, the ACJRC backed Nabers, Lyn Stuart, and Glenn Murdock for State Supreme Court. And like the BCA, the ACJRC also left out Lyons and Woodall.
Speculation on how precisely Lyons and Woodall lost unabashed business backing has been rampant. Have these justices been too cozy with trial lawyers for BCA tastes or is it simply personal conflicts with influential individuals? The ACJRC didn't specifically address the Lyons/Woodall snub, but their their ED Tom Dart did say of the endorsed slate, "These jurists have established themselves as strong conservatives who have helped change the reputation of our high courts from ridicule to praise,". So apparently the same statement does not apply to Lyons or Woodall.
Well, at least not at the moment. It's possible the ACJRC (and BCA for that matter) could endorse either or both Lyons and Woodall in the weeks to come.
But even if future business-lobby endorsements include the currently spurned justices, some amount of damage has to have been done to their relationship due to this second, very public rebuke.