On September 28, Martin Methodist College (MMC) welcomed former Tennessee Chief Justice William C. Koch Jr., currently President and Dean of the Nashville School of Law, and Pulaski native Attorney Joseph Ward Henry Jr. to serve as guest speakers for MMC’s newly revived Justice Henry Law Lecture Series. Koch lead the discussion of the early ouster of former Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton to a full house of students, faculty and community members.

Koch, former Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals and former Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, discussed the many scandals surrounding former Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton during his term from 1975 to 1979. Blanton’s scandals stacked up and lead to his ousting three days early following the tipping point cash-for-clemency scandal that is considered one of the biggest political scandals in Tennessee history to date. Republican Lamar Alexander was sworn in to take Blanton’s place.

“Justice William C. Koch presented a very informative experience about the political atmosphere in Tennessee politics,” said MMC senior and history major Kim Rose. “As a history major, it was wonderful to see the development into what is today's state government.”

“The Justice Henry Lecture given by Mr. Koch allowed us to enter into a story that shook the State of Tennessee to its very core,” said MMC President Dr. Mark LaBranche. “We found that beyond party loyalties lies a much deeper respect for Democracy.”

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