Criminal Justice Section

The section was established to serve all elements of the criminal justice system, including state, federal and municipal prosecutors, judges with criminal jurisdiction, state and federal public defenders and those lawyers in private practice.

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Knoxville, TN 37909

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Rape Charges Against Ex-Vol

Knox County Judge Bob McGee denied a request Thursday to dismiss rape charges against a former University of Tennessee football player, the Tennessean reports. Former star linebacker A.J. Johnson and ex-teammate Michael Williams pleaded not guilty to raping a former female student-athlete at Johnson's apartment in November 2014. Attorneys for Johnson argued that the indictment returned by a Knox County grand jury in February alleged more crimes than had actually been committed and sought dismissal of the charges.

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Chattanooga, Hamilton County Launch Mental Health Court

The new Chattanooga-Hamilton County Mental Health Court launched yesterday, News Channel 9 reports. The mental health court aims to provide services and break down barriers to recovery for defendants with serious mental illness. The program offers judicial supervision combined with treatment services to help defendants who would otherwise be released without additional support.

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