Bench Bar program features Court TV's Fred Graham

Author, legal commentator and Middle Tennessee native Fred Graham spoke on the tension between America's commitment to civil liberties and the government's desire to respond to rising threats of international extremism in his keynote address at today's Bench Bar Luncheon. Graham, perhaps best known for his role as a reporter on Court TV, observed that while lower courts have taken on difficult and controversial terrorism issues, the Supreme Court has, for the most part, stayed out of the fray. He predicted that at some point in the future, the high court would be forced to take on the long-term process of balancing the protection of cherished constitutional rights with the need to secure the safety of Americans. The Bench Bar event is a part of the TBA's Annual Convention being held this week in Nashville.
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HOLLIS G. WILLIAMS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

John B. Curtis, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Hollis G. Williams

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Anita Spinetta, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: TIPTON

The petitioner, Hollis G. Williams, who is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for first degree murder, appeals from the Shelby County Criminal Court's denial of his petition for postconviction relief and motion to reopen his prior post-conviction proceedings. We hold that we are without jurisdiction to consider the petitioner's appeal from the trial court's denial of the motion to reopen. We also hold that we have jurisdiction to consider the trial court's denial of relief on the petitioner's other post-conviction claims, and we affirm its judgment on those claims.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/williamsh_061407.pdf


JEROME WILLIAMS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jerome Williams, Clifton, Tennessee, pro se

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia Lee, Assistant Attorney General; and T. Michel Bottoms, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: WOODALL

Petitioner, Jerome Williams, filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Circuit Court of Wayne County. Upon motion of the State, the trial court summarily dismissed the petition without a hearing and without appointment of counsel for Petitioner. Petitioner has appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by failing to appoint counsel, and by summarily dismissing the petition. The State has filed a motion pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, to affirm the judgment of the trial court in a memorandum opinion. Having reviewed the entire record, we grant the State's motion. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/williamsj_061407.pdf


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TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-06-12

Opinion Number: 07-94

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2007/ag_07-94.pdf

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Baxter blasts prosecutor's allegations
Former state official Bill Baxter said his reputation was unfairly damaged last week when a federal prosecutor named him an unindicted co-conspirator during state Sen. Jerry Cooper's fraud trial. Baxter said he would not challenge the move but would seek to repair his reputation as best he could.
Read more in the News Sentinel
Judge Cain honored by state high court
Court of Appeals Judge William B. Cain was honored Tuesday for more than 30 years of service as an attorney and judge before a standing-room-only crowd in the Tennessee Supreme Court chamber. The only court of appeals judge from Maury County in the last 50 years, Cain is stepping down from his work because of cancer.
Read about his career in the Columbia Daily Herald
More UT students sued in piracy case
The recording industry's crackdown on University of Tennessee students for downloading copyrighted music continues, with the filing of 33 new lawsuits in federal court. The Recording Industry Association of America filed the suits Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Knoxville and said the action is being taken against students who use the UT's Internet network to illegally download and distribute music.
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Hamblen to study courthouse security
Hamblen County commissioners agreed that better security is needed in their county courtrooms and appointed a five-member committee to investigate the situation and make a recommendation to the commission next week.
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Suit against judge tossed
A suit filed against 30th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields, alleging that she violated the civil rights of a plaintiff with a divorce case pending before her, was rejected by the district court for the western district of Tennessee. The case has received national attention both for the suit against Fields and allegations in the underlying case that the plaintiff's husband has ties to terrorism.
The Memphis Daily News has more
Prosecutors' firing probe reaches into White House
Congress issued subpoenas Wednesday for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and political director Sara Taylor, reaching directly inside the White House for the first time in the probe of the firings of federal prosecutors. Democratic leaders implicitly threatened a constitutional showdown if the White House does not comply with the subpoenas or strike a deal.
The News Sentinel has the story
New FBI guidelines aim to curb abuse
The FBI is warning its agents to protect privacy rights by carefully reviewing all personal data collected from Americans in terror investigations, and to remember such evidence may not remain secret. The warning was issued to correct abuses that were revealed in a Justice Department audit. Civil liberties advocates, however, were not satisfied with the action.
The Bristol Herald Courier carried this AP story
Magazine lauds diversity at FedEx
Black Enterprise Magazine has named Federal Express one of the nation's best 40 companies for diversity in its supplier base, senior management, board involvement and employee ranks.
The Memphis Business Journal reports
Job interviews begin with summer program
Law firms work hard to woo summer associates, but the students themselves must prove what they could contribute to the firm if employed there. Partners say the summer session gives them an opportunity to evaluate the work ethic and analytical skills of a potential new hire. The Memphis Daily News talked to four law firms about their programs.
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Judge Sanders dead at 94
Judge Clifford E. Sanders, who served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals and took senior status in 1994, passed away Tuesday at his home in Kingsport. Visitation will be held in the Chapel at Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Kingsport from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. A military graveside service will follow the funeral at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sullivan County Humane Society, 2141 Idle Hour Road, Kingsport, TN 37660, or the Kaycliff Foundation c/o Duncan, Taylor and Little PC, CPAs PO Box 1607, Kingsport, TN 37662.

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