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.

Pratt Aycock, PLLC
705 Gate Lane, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37909
Immediate Past Chair
Eldridge & Blakney PC
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
Schell & Davies LLC
509 Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064

Nashville Magistrates Using Summonses for Domestic Violence Suspects

Some domestic violence suspects in Nashville are no longer being arrested, being ordered to stay away from victims or being subjected to 12-hour “cooling off” periods, the Tennessean reports. The reason, according to the paper, is a change in state law that went into effect on July 1, which has led judicial commissioners to begin issuing court summonses instead of warrants to domestic violence suspects. It is unclear who is responsible for the shift in how the suspects are being managed. A spokesman for the commissioners blamed the new law. The legislator who wrote the law says the magistrates are not following it properly. Meanwhile, prosecutors warn that victims may be in danger as there are no meaningful consequences for ignoring a summons.

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Fedex Names Lawyers for Drug-Shipping Case

FedEx has named two law firms as its representatives in its coming drug trafficking case, the Memphis Business Journal reports. Both of the firms — Arguedas, Cassman & Headley LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP — have offices in Northern California, where the charges were filed. The company was indicted last week for allegedly having lax controls on pharmaceutical shipments.

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