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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Murfreesboro, TN 37130
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Pratt Aycock, PLLC
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Knoxville, TN 37909
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Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064

Supreme Court Comes Down Against Race-Based Testimony

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of a death-row inmate whose expert witness testified he is more likely to be dangerous in the future because he is black, the ABA Journal reports. The inmate had been convicted in Texas in 1995 during a time in which a death sentence couldn’t be imposed unless jurors believed the convicted presented a future danger. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 6-2 majority opinion.
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Knox County DA’s Opioid-Fighting Pilot Program to Begin

Opioid addicts facing criminal charges in Knox County will begin receiving injections to help them stay clean thanks to a new pilot program, Knoxnews reports. The program is called “Shot at Life” and is being overseen by Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen’s office in cooperation with local law enforcement. The injections will be of the drug Vivitrol, which blocks the brain’s ability to feel pleasure from opioids.
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