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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Court Finds Warrantless Blood Draws in DUI Arrests Unconstitutional

States may not prosecute suspected drunken drivers for refusing warrantless blood draws when they are arrested, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in a 7-1 opinion that found such tests violate the Fourth Amendment, the ABA Journal reports. The court did find, however, that states may require a warrantless breath test because such tests are less intrusive. The ruling affects laws in Tennessee and 10 other states where drivers who refuse blood tests can face penalties beyond having their licenses revoked, NewsChannel 9 reports.

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Progress Continues on Beford Jail, Justice Center

Bedford County’s plans to build a new jail and justice center are moving ahead on schedule, officials meeting Wednesday said. The county has received several responses for its request for quotes from landowners at preferred sites and will now begin meeting with its architect to review the sites, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette reports. The county has received recertification of the existing jail, but that approval is contingent continued progress towards construction of a new jail.

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