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

2 in Vandy Rape Case Will Be Tried Together

Judge Monte Watkins today issued several rulings in the rape case against former Vanderbilt University football players, but most significantly, he denied a request to try co-dependents separately. Monday's ruling means Corey Batey and co-defendant Brandon Vandenburg will be tried together, beginning Nov. 3. Vandenburg and Batey have been accused, along with two other former Vanderbilt football players, of raping a woman on campus last year. A date has not been set for the other two defendants. NewsChannel5 has the story.

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Memphis Officials Look for Help with Backlog of Rape Kits

Law enforcement and public officials from Memphis and Detroit are gathering in Cleveland this week to share experience and collaborate as part of a first-ever Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Summit, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Each of these cities faces challenges with testing, investigating and prosecuting decades-old rape cases. Officials say they hope the partnerships they form will allow them to jointly collect data and pave the way for other cities just beginning to uncover and tackle their own backlogs. Of the three cities, Memphis has the most untested kits -- 12,164 dating back to 1976.

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