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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COA: Facility Dogs Permitted in Courtrooms

Facility dogs are permitted in courtrooms to aid in comforting witnesses, according to a ruling this week by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. The decision came in an appeal brought by a convicted rapist who argued the trial court was wrong in allowing the facility dog to be present to comfort his underage victim. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft said that he will draft a jury instruction for use of comfort dogs in trials to present it at a June judicial conference, The Commercial Appeal reports

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Indicted Detective Will Continue to be a Witness

Fourth Judicial District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said he will continue to use Detective Rodney Burns, who has been indicted for perjury, as a witness in pending cases in Sevier County. Burns was charged with two counts of aggravated perjury following statements he made during a hearing in the Ooltewah rape case. His arraignment has been set for June 10, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports

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