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Prosecutorial Discretion as to Traffic Offenses

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-05-17

Opinion Number: 07-73

Blue Lights on Local Civil Defense Vehicles

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-05-17

Opinion Number: 07-74


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Lawsuit over, governor can appoint 5th justice
Judge Robert Echols has ruled that the way is clear for Gov. Bredesen to appoint the fifth judge of the state Supreme Court. Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, and John Jay Hooker sued the state to challenge the way Supreme Court justices are appointed. Last month U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell ruled that Johnson and Hooker "have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claims," but left the door open for another federal judge to consider the issue.
The Daily News Journal carried this AP story
Stinnett up for reappointment
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is considering renewing the 14-year term of office of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge R. Thomas Stinnett of the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga and would like input from the public. Deadline to comment is June 15.
Read the public notice
'No-confidence' vote proposed
On Thursday, Democratic senators called for a no-confidence vote of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota became the fifth Republican senator to demand that Gonzales leave. "I would hope that the attorney general understands that the department is suffering right now, and he does the right thing, and that is, allows the president to provide new leadership."
The News Sentinel has the AP story
Combative judicial elections on the rise
A new national report suggests that a rising swell of money, outside groups and negative campaigns is adding pressure to the ongoing debate about the best way to elect judges, the AP reports. The study, by a group called Justice at Stake Campaign, tracks the changes in judicial elections in recent years. The debate over how to choose judges is not new, but "the combativeness is," a Justice at Stake spokesperson said.
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Lawyer in cemetery trust case surrenders
A lawyer charged with helping steal millions of dollars from cemetery trust funds surrendered for arrest in Memphis and was released on bond, the AP reports. Stephen Smith of Muskogee County, Okla., is charged with theft and money laundering along with two business associates, who are accused of stealing more than $20 million from trust funds for three funeral homes in Memphis.
The Daily News Journal carried this AP story
'Clinton 12' statue honors students who desegregated
Yesterday, life-size, bronzed statues were unveiled, replicas of students who, 50 years ago, made history by going to a desegregated school in Clinton, Tenn. On their first day at Clinton High School on Aug. 27, 1956, the students walked down the hill from their neighborhood and passed hundreds of taunting, angry white people. The governor at the time sent troops to the small town outside Knoxville to uphold the law. Yesterday, Gov. Phil Bredesen and other dignitaries joined nine of the remaining 11 students at the ceremony.
Read more in the Kingsport Times-News
Make plans now to attend the 2007 TBA convention
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