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.

District Public Defender
112 S. Second St
Clarksville, TN 37040
Immediate Past Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Shelby County DA Stops Prosecuting Cases of Driving with Revoked License

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office has stopped prosecuting cases involving drivers whose licenses are revoked for oweing fines, The Commercial Appeal reports. The DA’s office says it has eliminated about 43 percent of the docket in the General Sessions Criminal Court with the change. The county’s policy change came shortly before the recent ruling that the state can no longer revoke driver’s licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets.
read more »

'Legal Whiplash' Marks Zagorski's Execution Week

The Tennessean and The Nashville Scene follow the "legal whiplash" of this week when Edmund Zagorski was set to be executed. Gov. Haslam's reprieve, giving executioners time to prepare to use the electric chair, expires Oct. 21, at which point the state Supreme Court will have to set a new execution date. Shortly after the reprieve was announced Thursday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected all of Zagorski's requests. The court declined to hear the case over Tennessee's lethal injection protocol, and vacated the Sixth Circuit's stay. Zagorski's lawyer, Kelley Henry, who is a supervising assistant federal public defender, told the Scene that the earliest Zagorski could be executed is likely Oct. 29.

read more »