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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Delay Likely for Cory Batey Sentencing, Prosecutor Says

Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman told The Tennessean today that a delay of the May 20 sentencing of Cory Batey is likely. Batey, a former Vanderbilt University football player, was convicted earlier this month for aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. His conviction for aggravated rape alone carries 15 to 26 years in prison. Prosecutors in Batey’s case and defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg – another former Vanderbilt player previously convicted in the 2013 rape – met for a status hearing this morning with Judge Monte Watkins. Vandenburg’s retrial is scheduled for June 13

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Retrial for Man Sentenced to Death Underway in Memphis

The retrial of Michael Rimmer, who was sentenced to death 17 years ago for killing his girlfriend, began today in Shelby County Criminal Court. The Commercial Appeal reports Rimmer’s new trial was ordered in 2012 after a judge found Rimmer’s counsel failed to effectively investigate the case. A judge also found Shelby County attorney Thomas Henderson, who prosecuted Rimmer, "purposefully misled" Rimmer’s defense counsel about evidence. 

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