6th Circuit Focuses on Conflicting Tennessee Laws in Brown Appeal

Attorneys in Cyntoia Brown's murder case appeared before a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati today, according to The Tennessean. During oral arguments this morning, the appeals judges repeatedly zeroed in on an apparent contradiction in Tennessee law. If Brown was serving a 51-year sentence, then a U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding life sentences for juveniles might not apply. The judges suggested that they might seek clarification from the Tennessee Supreme Court before moving forward. Her lawyers argue that Brown, of Nashville, was the victim of sex trafficking and shot Johnny Allen in self-defense. Mark Pickrell spoke for Brown's legal team today while Deputy Tennessee Attorney General John Bledsoe represented the state.

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