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

Vandy Rape Sentencing Delayed to Mid-June

The sentencing hearing of two former Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious woman has again been pushed back, the Tennessean reports. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, both 21, are now scheduled to be sentenced June 15. A sentencing set for late April was delayed to give attorneys time to review court transcripts, court officials said.

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State Asks Lower Court to Halt Execution Case Proceedings

The Tennessee Department of Corrections will not say if it has the chemicals needed to execute inmates via lethal injection, WBIR reports. Lawyers for the group were poised to ask prison supervisors about the drug supply at a hearing Friday but did not get a chance to do so after the state asked the presiding judge to halt proceedings related to electrocutions. In related news, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ordered documents revealing the name of pharmacists supplying lethal injection drugs be returned to the Tennessee Department of Corrections after federal public defenders got the documents, with one of the names poorly redacted, through a public records request.

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