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

Memphis Court Clerk Worker Indicted on Federal Charges

Tammy Brooks Carpenter, an employee of the Memphis City Court Clerk’s office, faces a federal charge of embezzlement for partially voiding payments of 188 traffic tickets and keeping some of the money drivers paid, the Memphis Daily News reports. The indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday alleges Carpenter embezzled about $24,000. Ed Stanton, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, said Carpenter was “targeting and preying upon vulnerable members of the Hispanic community,” in the scheme.

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Study: State ‘Among Most Restrictive’ for Restoring Felon Voting Rights

The Tennessee Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights has released a new report on the voting rights of ex-felons in Tennessee. The report, adopted unanimously by the committee, found that Tennessee’s ex-felon disenfranchisement laws are among the most restrictive in the nation; that the process for petitioning for the restoration of rights is “cumbersome and complicated”; and certain ex-felons are permanently barred from having their rights restored. The committee also found that the impact of these laws falls disproportionally on African Americans. It recommends that the General Assembly and governor work together to adopt less restrictive disenfranchisement laws.

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