Call for second judge punted

The Shelby County Commission voted 10-0 on Monday to rescind the recent approval of a second division of Juvenile Court, but only because the first vote apparently had violated the state's open meetings law. Judge Curtis Person had filed a lawsuit against the commission, which in part charged that some members held secret and illegal meetings before their approval of the new division. Memphis attorney Lucian Pera, who is representing Person, said the commission's action Monday "was a good thing, but it does not end the lawsuit." The Commercial Appeal has the story:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local/article/0,2845,MCA_25340_5158878,00.html

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Saturday court made mandatory in Davidson
Saturday court sessions have been a Nashville staple for more than a decade, but in recent years they have become less frequent, with judges sometimes canceling court at the last minute or simply refusing to give an hour or two of their time every 11th week, the Nashville Scene reports. That’s why a few city leaders concerned about a looming threat of overpopulated jails recently lobbied to again make the Saturday docket a permanent fixture.
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Lawmakers to look into TBI release of juvenile records
A number of key state legislators on Tuesday said they are prepared to look into the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s release of juvenile records – as well as the plethora of statutes that dictate which agencies can require background checks, and just how intrusive those checks can be.
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Bredesen seeks money for immigrant program
Gov. Phil Bredesen and eight other governors Tuesday asked President Bush to provide states with $950 million in federal funds to offset the costs of detaining illegal immigrants, The City Paper reports. "This money is critical for our criminal justice facilities -- it's especially important for local communities in our state, which bear the costs of enforcing national immigration laws every day," Bredesen said in a statement.
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Reno files challenge to terror law
Former Attorney General Janet Reno and seven other former Justice Department officials filed court papers Monday arguing that the Bush administration is setting a dangerous precedent by trying a suspected terrorist outside the court system.
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Death penalty sought in abduction-slaying
A Georgia man among three charged in the abduction-slaying of an Atlanta restaurant owner will be prosecuted in a rare federal death penalty case in Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. Trial is set for Feb. 5 for Rejon Taylor, 22, formerly of Atlanta. He is charged in the Aug. 6, 2003, abduction and killing of Atlanta restaurant owner Guy Luck, who was taken from a parking lot in Atlanta and driven to Tennessee in his own van.
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