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.

Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
(615)550-2800
Immediate Past Chair
PARKERSON | SANTEL PLLC
121 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615)956-7938
Vice-Chair
District Public Defender
112 S. Second St
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931)648-5538

Knoxville Police Chief Named New TBI Director

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch has been named the next director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Knoxnews reports. He was one of three finalists sent to Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration. “As police chief in Knoxville, he took on both urban and rural public safety issues and collaborated with local, state and federal partners to help address some of the region’s most pressing crimes, such as gang activity and human trafficking,” Haslam said of Rausch when announcing his appointment. Rausch has been active in the conversation surround the national opioid crisis, and was present with President Donald Trump when the administration officially declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.
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Man Convicted in Woodmore Bus Crash Arrested on Rape Charge in Nashville

Johnthony Walker, the driver convicted in the 2016 Woodmore school bus crash, was arrested on an aggravated statutory rape charge in Nashville, the Times Free Press reports. Walker admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old, which he claims was a consensual relationship. In April, he was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the crash, which killed six children. He’s been out on bond while his attorneys appealed his sentence. The Tennessean reports that he was living in Nashville after receiving death threats in Chattanooga.
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