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Ex-US AG Gonzales on Tenn. judge-selection panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is one of five new members on a panel that nominates candidates for Tennessee’s appeals courts and its Supreme Court.

Gonzales was appointed to the commission by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee.

Gonzales holds the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law at Nashville’s Belmont University, where he is a professor. He also works for the Nashville law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch and Davis.

Gonzales became the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general and held that post from 2005 to 2007 under President George W. Bush. He resigned after a controversy over the politically motivated firings of nine U.S. attorneys and amid an uproar over allegations of torture of terrorism suspects.

Before serving as attorney general, Gonzales was Bush’s White House legal counsel.

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