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GOP Supreme Court still has Tom Parker

Having escaped an apocalyptic meltdown of the appellate court system, state Republicans must decide what to do about Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker now that the primary election is over.

Chief Justice Drayton Nabers easily beat back Mr. Parker's attempt to unseat him but in doing so helped air a problem the GOP rather had stayed untold.

Justice Parker simply does not pull his share of the load when it comes to handling court cases. That information came from several of his colleagues, including an irritated Tom Woodall who said his fellow justice "doesn't handle his cases; he just lets them pile up."

He was angry that Mr. Parker recruited candidates to run against incumbents because the court upheld the Court of the Judiciary in removing Chief Justice Roy Moore for refusing to follow a federal edict to take his Ten Commandment's monument out of the state judicial building.

Mr. Parker has four more years before he has to run again. That's time enough to buckle down and attend to the court's business.

Still, the all-GOP court doesn't look good to the public when one member won't work and the others who exercise such great judicial authority seem powerless to deal with him.

Having to turn back a faction from within their party who justices said would wreck the judicial system did not help the party image, either.

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