Embattled Nashville Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle to Retire


Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle announced on Thursday that she has decided to retire, opting not to run for reelection.

Lyle, a native Tennessean who attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, has served as a judge for almost three decades; however, many of her recent rulings have frustrated constituents and Tennesseans across the state.

Lyle has received sharp backlash for multiple high-profile decisions. Before the November 2020 election, she ruled that Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. Many questioned her authority in making this ruling, inspiring State Representative Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro) to introduce a resolution to remove her from the bench.

“Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle violated the boundaries between the legislative and judiciary when she attempted to disregard state law and implement her own rules, personal opinions[,] and policies that were in direct contradiction of existing state laws,” Rudd said of her actions.

The complaint from Rudd focused on the fact that the Tennessee General Assembly, who has the power to create election laws for the state, had already rejected legislation expanding absentee by mail voting.

Another decision that frustrated many Tennesseans came from Lyle when she ruled against the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, a referendum aiming to rescind Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s controversial 34 to 37 percent tax increase. Around 27,000 Nashville residents signed a petition in support of the referendum.

“Metro has continually tried to silence and ignore 27,000 Nashvillians who signed this petition in support of putting some guardrails up on Nashville’s spending addiction that put the city in its current crisis. This property tax hike will do nothing to help our city’s finances; it will only fuel Metro’s reckless spending and taxing proposals,” Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee State Director Tori Venable said of the ruling.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for the Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]






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8 Thoughts to “Embattled Nashville Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle to Retire”

  1. Karen Bracken

    Good riddance

  2. Nashville Deplorable

    Good riddance!

  3. Nancy

    I predict she will become the next metro law Director fir mayor Chicken coop!!

  4. Kevin

    “…opting not to run for reelection.” This is code for she knows that she doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hades of getting reelected!

    Although I think that there’s a open slot on the cast of “Wicked”, that’s perfect for her, she’ll probably end up with some well paying “consulting” job for a Soros-backed organization. Even the Devil, uses the phrase, “well done, good and faithful servant”!

  5. Lyle is just one example of a growing cancer on larger, progressive cities, hellbent on making life difficult for those whoa actually contribute to the sustainability of those cities. There seems to be way too many in charge in Nashville/Davidson Cty who look to Shelby Cty/Memphis as a role model.

    1. Truthy McTruthFace

      only answer is to move and not contribute to those cities at all. leave them to implode.

  6. EdC

    Judge Hobbs has finally rendered a sound decision.

  7. AWM