General-Solo-Small Firm Practitioners Section

This section provides its members with programs designed to further the professionalism, prestige and effectiveness of the practitioner. Members receive notice of legislation and other issues affecting them through the section’s newsletter.

The Powers Law Firm
79 N. Main Street
Crossville, TN 38555
Belmont University College of Law
P.O. Box 120186
Nashville, TN 37212
Immediate Past Chair
204 Anderson Tinch Ave
Jamestown, TN 38556
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Jury Selection Underway in the Trial of Former UT Football Player A.J. Johnson

Jury selection for the rape trial of University of Tennessee Football player A.J. Johnson is underway, with jurors being asked about controversial topics such as threesomes, interracial relationships, elitist athletes and the ‘Me Too’ movement, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. Johnson and former teammate Michael Williams are accused of raping a female UT athlete during a football victory party at Johnson’s South Knoxville apartment in November 2014. The profile of the case — involving a popular athlete and no eye-witnesses — has sparked concerns of a fair trial, with most of the potential jurors knowing Johnson’s name and the basics of the allegations against him.

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Gov. Haslam Considering High-Profile Clemencies

Gov. Bill Haslam is considering clemency in two high-profile cases prior to leaving office, The Tennessean reports. Among those being considered is Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a 2004 murder of Johnny Allen when she was 16. Brown’s case has been widely publicized, with advocates claiming that she was a victim of sex trafficking and killed Allen because she thought her life was in danger.
Haslam also received and is reviewing a request for clemency from Billy Ray Irick, who is scheduled to be put to death next month. Irick was convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Knoxville but maintains that he was having a psychotic break at the time of the murder. His execution is scheduled for Aug. 9.

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