General-Solo-Small Firm Practitioners Section

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Chair
The Powers Law Firm
79 N. Main Street
Crossville, TN 38555
(931)484-3579
Vice-Chair
Belmont University College of Law
P.O. Box 120186
Nashville, TN 37212
(615)460-8264
Immediate Past Chair
204 Anderson Tinch Ave
Jamestown, TN 38556
(931)879-8144
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Attorney Testifies to Extortion in Trial of Hamilton County Commissioner

A witness in the trial of Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd told a jury on Wednesday that he received a call from an attorney who said that Boyd had damaging information about East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert which would be released if Lambert did not "pull his papers" when running against Boyd, The Chattanoogan reports. Attorney Allen McCallie said the call was from Mike Mallen — his former law partner — regarding a special meeting called by Lambert to ask the East Ridge City Council to approve a deal with Exit One developers. District Attorney Neal Pinkston told the jury the call and follow-up conversations that Lambert secretly recorded went beyond free speech, amounting to extortion, the paper reported.

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Zagorski Petitions U.S. Supreme Court, 6th Circuit for Stay of Execution

Lawyers for Edmund Zagorski on Wednesday filed a Writ of Certiorari and an Application for Stay of Execution with the U.S. Supreme Court asserting errors made at his trial and maintaining that he was required to choose between two torturous execution methods, The Tennessean reports. Zagorski’s execution was previously delayed after he selected the electric chair for his execution method so that prison staff could ready the device. The Supreme Court has already declined to intervene in the case earlier this month. A separate challenge with the 6th Circuit also focused on his attorneys' objections to the electric chair, the method Zagorski chose for his execution. It was denied Wednesday night. Zagorski's attorneys said Wednesday they would also appeal the electric chair challenge to the high court. The maker of the device has recently expressed concern, saying the chair may not work properly.

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