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
Pratt Aycock, PLLC
705 Gate Lane, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865)769-6969
Immediate Past Chair
Eldridge & Blakney PC
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865)544-2010
Vice-Chair
Schell & Davies LLC
509 Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
(615)550-2800

DA Conference Replaces Embattled Director

Former Rutherford County District Attorney Bill Whitesell has been named interim executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, the Murfreesboro Post reports. Whitesell took the position following the resignation of executive director Wally Kirby, who had earlier been suspended by the conference for hiring Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk for a part-time position with the conference before he was sworn in so that Funk could join a state pension plan that was about to change. News Channel 5 has more.

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Georgia Postpones Executions to Examine Lethal Injection

Officials in Georgia announced yesterday that the state was suspending executions indefinitely while it tests the drugs that it had planned to use in an execution on Monday night. The decision came a day after Georgia called off the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner, the only woman on the state's death row, several hours after it was set to take place. No new dates were announced for the executions, instead the Department of Corrections said that when it "is prepared to proceed," sentencing courts will issue new execution orders, the Crossville Chronicle reports from the Washington Post.

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