AG Moves to Block VW Subpoenas

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has moved to block subpoenas issued as part of a hearing into the failed union vote at Volkswagen. Cooper also filed to postpone the hearing, which was scheduled to start Monday in Chattanooga. The United Auto Workers wants Governor Bill Haslam, his Economic Development Commissioner and several lawmakers to testify in order to prove there was a coordinated effort to undermine unionization, Nashville Public Radio reports.

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Judge Joe Brown Requests Hearing Delay

Attorneys for Judge Joe Brown filed a motion to stay a May 2 hearing in a contempt of court charge, pending an appeal, WREG reports. The appeal was filed at the same time as the motion asking for the delay.

City of Decherd Sued over Drug Court Housing Dispute

A zoning dispute over a Franklin County Drug Court use escalated into two lawsuits against the City of Decherd and two municipal employees on grounds they didn’t have the authority to terminate water services to force tenants to vacate. The Herald Chronicle has the story.

Documentary Explores Case to Overturn Prop 8

“The Case Against 8,” the HBO documentary about the legal challenge brought by Ted Olson and David Boies to end California’s ban on same-sex marriage premiered in Tennessee yesterday at the Green Hills Cinema in Nashville. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn Proposition 8, and follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples thrust into the national spotlight as spokespeople for the cause.

Alexander Recalls Bipartisan Victory

U.S Sen. Lamar Alexander discussed the unprecedented ouster of corrupt governor Ray Blanton dring the Windham Lecture Series last night at Middle Tennessee State University. The in-depth panel discussion included Alexander, The Tennessean editor emeritus John Siegenthaler, former U.S. Attorney General Hal Hardin and author Keel Hunt. Alexander said he has hope today’s politicians could overcome partisan divides to do what is best for the state if the need arose again, the Daily News Journal reports. Siegenthaler, Hardin and Hunt will also be speaking on the topic during the Bench/Bar program at this summer's TBA Annual Convention in Gatlinburg.

Bahner to Receive Outstanding Service Award

Chattanooga attorney Max Bahner will receive the 2014 Outstanding Service Award at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s annual Legends and Leaders Banquet on April 25. Bahner is senior member of the litigation section of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel and is a Founding Fellow and past president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and a Founding Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.

Autocross Race Benefitting LAET May 3

The 3rd Annual “SOLO Time at Bristol” autocross competition will be held at the Bristol Motor Speedway May 3. More than 100 competitors are expected. They will drive a timed precision course on a flat track. All proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities and Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Learn more about the event.

Judge Candidates Vow Punctuality, Better Organization

Both Democrats running to replace General Sessions Court Judge Gloria Dumas vowed to be on time and restore confidence in a courtroom marred by Dumas' alleged tardiness and absenteeism, the Tennessean reports. Former prosecutor Allegra Walker and private attorney Vince Wyatt are vying for the eight-year term with a salary of $165,204, overseeing one division in a court that receives the highest volume of cases in the county. The Division IV court also includes special duties hearing domestic violence cases.

Newcomer Challenges Williamson County Public Defender

Spring Hill attorney and political newcomer Shane McNeill is challenging Vanessa Pettigrew Bryan for the 21st Judicial District public defender post in Williamson County's May 6 Republican primary. The Tennessean profiles both candidates.

Election Commission Reports First Early Voting Numbers

Shelby County Election Commissioners certified the ballot Wednesday for the Aug. 7 state and federal primary elections and the nonpartisan judicial and Shelby County Schools board elections on what politicos call the “big ballot.” Election Commission turnout figures show 267 citizens voted early at Election Commission headquarters on the first day. Satellite early voting locations across Shelby County open April 25.The Memphis Daily News has more.

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