Federal Practice Section

This section was formed in 2005 to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys whose primary practice is in the federal courts. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys.

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell...
100 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604
Immediate Past Chair
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...
P O Box 3038
Johnson City, TN 37604
Leitner Williams Dooley &...
414 Union Street, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37219

AG to Call for Lower Proof Standard in Civil Rights Cases

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that he will soon call on Congress to lower the standard of proof in federal civil rights cases, to allow federal prosecution where local authorities are unable or unwilling to get a conviction. The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager in Florida. In a written statement, government lawyers said their decision in the case was "limited strictly to the department's inability to meet the high legal standard" in the civil rights statutes. WRCB has more from NBC News.

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Senate Judiciary Postpones AG Confirmation Vote

U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote has been postponed two weeks, the National Law Journal reports. Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said yesterday that he was dissatisfied with Lynch’s written answers this week in response to committee members’ posthearing questions and planned to send follow up questions to get additional clarification. The chairman’s decision sent the committee into a round of bickering, with Democrats accusing Republicans of unnecessary delay and Republicans defending the wait as business as usual.

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