Judge Anderson to be invested as U.S. District Judge

An investiture ceremony for S. Thomas Anderson as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee has been set for Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Memphis City Hall Council Chambers at 125 N. Main Street. A reception will follow at the Memphis City Hall of Mayors, first floor.
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TSEGAI MESFIN v. DANNY CRUTCHFIELD d/b/a D. C. CONTRACTING GROUP

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Michael H. Sneed, Nashville, TN, for Appellant

John M. Cannon, Goodlettsville, TN, William P. Jones, Hendersonville, TN, for Appellee

Judge: HIGHERS

The parties to this appeal have been involved in several cases arising out of a single contract. In 1999, the plaintiff was awarded a judgment against the defendant in general sessions court for $14,999. Subsequently, three lawsuits were filed in chancery court based on the contract and the plaintiff's attempts to satisfy the judgment. In each case, the defendant argued that he had paid sufficient sums to the plaintiff to satisfy the judgment. The defendant then filed a motion in general sessions court seeking to have the judgment marked as satisfied. The motion was denied, and the defendant appealed to circuit court. The circuit court dismissed the case based on the doctrine of res judicata. The defendant appealed. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/crutchfieldd_072808.pdf


STANLEY A. DUMBAUGH, ET AL. v. DR. GEORGE E. THOMAS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS AN EMPLOYEE OF TRANSSOUTH HEALTHCARE, P.C., ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Lanis Karnes and Candice Marlene Simpson, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellants, Stanley A. Dumbaugh and wife, Sue Bartholomew.

Marty Phillips and Craig P. Sanders, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dr. George E. Thomas.

Hubert B. Jones and Martin E. Dunn, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellee, TransSouth Healthcare, P.C.

Judge: FARMER

In this medical malpractice action, the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant doctor because the plaintiff had not personally served the defendant doctor; was put on notice of this insufficiency in the defendant's answer; and took no action to re-issue the summons and serve the doctor. Following entry of summary judgment, the plaintiff sought relief from this judgment pursuant to Rule 60.02 (1), arguing that the statements of the trial court and the actions of the parties implied that service was proper and led his counsel to believe there was no need to re-serve the defendant doctor. The trial court denied plaintiff's motion, and the plaintiff appealed. Finding no abuse of discretion, we affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/dumbaughs_072808.pdf


MICHAEL GOLDEN v. TERRY MURRELL

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Dewun R. Settle and Kim G. Sims, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Michael Golden.

John R. Hershberger, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Terry Murrell.

Judge: FARMER

Father and Mother are parents of a minor child born out of wedlock. After Mother regained custody of child, she petitioned the trial court for prospective and retroactive child support and medical insurance. Father also petitioned for retroactive child support. The juvenile referee set prospective child support and ordered Father to provide medical insurance for the child, but reserved the issue of retroactive child support pending the parties' submission of their past years' financial records. After multiple continuances and Father's apparent unwillingness to comply with trial court's discovery order, the Referee dismissed both parties petitions. A special judge affirmed. Father appealed and Mother cross-appealed. We remand the cause to the trial court to issue a ruling that contains a basis for the dismissal and for a determination of whether the trial court intended for its dismissal to serve as a denial of the parties' petition for retroactive child support.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/goldenm_072808.pdf


IN THE MATTER OF: JQW (D.O.B. 03/05/00) and LKW (D.O.B. 01/12/05)

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

G. Michael Casey, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nikia Kiwan Long.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter and Amy T. McConnell, Assistant Attorney General.

Lanis L. Karnes, Guardian Ad Litem.

Judge: Farmer

This is a termination of parental rights case. On June 19, 2007, the Department of Children's Services ("DCS") filed a petition in the Juvenile Court for Madison County to terminate the parental rights of Nikia Kiwan Long ("Mother") and Terry Lowvall Woods ("Father") to their minor children, JQW, born March 2000, and LKW, born January 2005. In its petition, DCS asserted the statutory grounds of abandonment, substantial noncompliance with the permanency plan, and persistence of conditions leading to the children's removal from the home. Following a hearing on December 11, 2007, the trial court entered separate orders terminating Father's rights and terminating Mother's rights based on abandonment for failure to support, persistence of conditions that prevented the children's return to Mother, and substantial noncompliance with the permanency plan. Only Mother appeals. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/jqw_072808.pdf


ARTHUR KAHN, ET AL. v. PAUL J. PENCZNER, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Glen Reid, Jr., Hal Gerber, and Douglas Black, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellants, Arthur Kahn, Louis Loeb, Larry Bloch and Peggy E. Burch.

William H. Fisher, III and Valerie Fisher, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellees, Paul J. Penczner and Jolanda Penczner.

Judge: FARMER

Lessees/Appellants filed suit against Lessors/Appellees for breach of a commercial lease after Lessors/Appellees refused to approve Lessees/Appellants' proposed subtenants. The trial court found that Lessors/Appellees had failed to fully mitigate damages, and granted Lessor/Appellees only 50% of rents as damages, along with damages for taxes and insurance. Lessees/Appellants appeal the trial court's award of rents, and the judgment for taxes and insurance. Lessors/Appellees raise additional issues concerning the trial court's award of only a portion of its claimed attorneys fees, and the judgment based upon damage to the demised Building by Lessees/Appellants. Finding no error, we affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/kahna_072808.pdf


KENNETH LEWIS v. GEORGE LITTLE, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Kenneth Lewis, Pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Kellena Baker, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellees.

Judge: FARMER

The lawsuit giving rise to this appeal was brought by an inmate in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction ("TDOC") who is a dialysis patient confined to a medical unit. Petitioner/Appellant asserts that, despite his medical condition, the TDOC has violated his constitutional rights by refusing to provide him with a regular prison diet rather than with medically restrictive meals. The trial court dismissed Petitioner's petition for common law writ of certiorari as time barred under Tennessee Code Annotated section 41-21-806(b). To the extent to which the trial court perceived the petition to be a declaratory judgment action pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), the trial court dismissed the action upon concluding that TDOC policies governing inmate meals are not "rules" under the APA. Petitioner appeals. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/lewisk_072808.pdf


LLOYD M. PEGUES v. ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

R. Christopher Gilreath, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Lloyd M. Pegues.

Thomas R. Peters and Michael C. Hermann, Belleville, Illinois, and M. Beth Rainwater, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Illinois Central Railroad Company.

Judge: FARMER

Plaintiff failed to comply with the trial court's discovery order to produce two witnesses for deposition within forty-five days, and Defendant moved to dismiss under Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 37.02. Plaintiff appeals, asserting the trial court abused its discretion where there was no evidence of willful or dilatory conduct by Plaintiff. We vacate and remand.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/peguesl_072808.pdf


MICHAEL WALLACE SHERROD v. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Michael Wallace Sherrod, Springfield, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, Warren Jasper, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellees, Tennessee Department of Human Services, Brenda Wix, and Paul G. Summers.

Judge: COTTRELL

The circuit court affirmed a final administrative order of the Tennessee Department of Human Services establishing a divorced father's child support arrearage, directing that support be paid to the Central Child Support Receipting Unit, and issuing tax refund intercept notices. On appeal, the father contends that he did not owe the arrearage assessed against him, making the intercept notices invalid, that there were numerous irregularities in the administrative proceedings, and that compelling him to make payments in the manner ordered violates his religious rights under the Tennessee Constitution. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/sherrodm_072808.pdf


AHMAD SULEIMAN d/b/a BARKSDALE MARKET v. CITY OF MEMPHIS ALCOHOL COMMISSION

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Elbert Jefferson, Jr. and Roane Waring, III, Attorneys for the appellant, City of Memphis Alcohol Commission.

Scott L. Kirkpatrick, III, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Ahmad Suleiman.

Judge: FARMER

Following a trial de novo on writ of certiorari, the trial court reversed the City of Memphis Alcohol Commission's denial of a beer permit, ruling that the evidence did not support a finding that the sale of beer from the applicant's market would interfere with the public health, safety, and morals. It ordered the City of Memphis to issue a beer license to the applicant. We conclude that the evidence preponderates against the trial court's decision. We reverse and remand.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/suleimana_072808.pdf


MARTHA VALENTINE v. RAYMOND HOBSON

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Martha Valentine, Pro Se

Raymond Hobson, Pro Se

Judge: STAFFORD

Pro se Appellant filed suit against Appellee Landlord for damages following a forcible entry and detainer. Appellant appealed the decision of the general sessions court to the Circuit Court at Fayette County. The circuit court found that Appellant had failed to meet her burden of proof and dismissed the appeal. Finding no error, we affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/valentinem_072808.pdf


DORIS P. WILLIAMS v. JIMMY D. WILLIAMS

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Edward M. Bearman, Memphis, TN, for the Appellant/Defendant, Jimmy D. Williams.

Mitchell D. Moskovitz and Rachel L. Songstad, Memphis, TN, for the Appellee/Plaintiff, Doris P. Williams.

Judge: KIRBY

This is a divorce case. During the course of the parties' long-term marriage, the wife retired from her job as a teacher because of multiple health problems. In the divorce decree, the wife was awarded alimony in futuro. The husband filed a motion to alter or amend the judgment, which was denied. The husband appeals the award of alimony in futuro, and the denial of his motion to alter or amend. The wife asserts that this is a frivolous appeal. We affirm and find that this is a frivolous appeal.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/williamsd_072808.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LAMAR FLETCHER

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Lamar Fletcher, Henning, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulany, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The petitioner, Lamar Fletcher, appeals from the trial court's dismissal of his petition for error coram nobis relief. The state has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the trial court's denial of relief pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. We grant the state's motion and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/fletcherl_072808.pdf


MYRNA JILL JOHNSON HALLE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Tracey A. Brewer-Walker, Ripley, Tennessee, for the appellant, Myrna Jill Johnson Halle.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulany, Assistant Attorney General, and Elizabeth Rice, District Attorney General and James Walter Freeland, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

A Tipton County jury convicted Petitioner, Myrna Jill Johnson Halle, of reckless aggravated assault. The conviction stemmed from an altercation between Petitioner and her live-in boyfriend, Dennis Vance Gulley, during which Petitioner shot the victim in the head. Following the trial, the trial court sentenced Petitioner to twelve years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. Petitioner subsequently filed a petition for post-conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. After an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied the petition. After a thorough review of the record on appeal, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/hallem_072808.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ERIC SHANE HELLER

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jeffery T. Washburn, Dresden, Tennessee, for the appellant, Eric Shane Heller.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Thomas A. Thomas, District Attorney General; and Kevin McAlpin, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, Eric Shane Heller, was convicted of initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, both Class B felonies. On appeal, the defendant argues that the trial court erred in finding that the defendant lacked standing to contest the search warrant which led to his arrest, that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions, and that the trial court erred by issuing a jury instruction on the flight of the defendant. Following our review of the parties' briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we reverse and vacate the judgments of the trial court and dismiss the defendant's convictions.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/hellere_072808.pdf


MAURICE TYRONE HENDRIX v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Maurice Tyrone Hendrix, Tiptonville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The petitioner, Maurice Tyrone Hendrix, seeks habeas corpus relief from 1988 Davidson County convictions for four counts of second degree burglary and one count of grand larceny and his resulting effective sentence of thirty-five years. The petitioner contends that his sentences have expired and that the judgments of conviction are void. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/hendrixm_072808.pdf


BERNARD HENRY v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jason Poyner, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Bernard Henry.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Tom Hoover, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WELLES

The Petitioner, Bernard Henry, appeals from the Shelby County Criminal Court's order dismissing his petition for post-conviction relief. He argues that the dismissal was erroneous because he did not receive the effective assistance of trial counsel and because the post- conviction court improperly prevented him from presenting evidence that his appellate counsel was ineffective. After a review of the record, we conclude that the post-conviction court erred in denying the Petitioner an opportunity to be heard on his claim of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel. Accordingly, the case is remanded for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/henryb_072808.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SHAMARCUS ANTWAN HUNT
CORRECTION


Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Tom W. Crider, District Public Defender, and Linda L. Moore, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Shamarcus Antwan Hunt.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Garry G. Brown, District Attorney General; and Edward L. Hardister and Harold E. Dorsey, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Shamarcus Antwan Hunt, was convicted of the sale of cocaine under .5 grams, a Class C felony, and possession of cocaine over .5 grams with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell, a Class B felony. He was sentenced, respectively, to eight years and twelve years in the Department of Correction, to be served concurrently. On appeal, he argues that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions and that the trial court should have declared a mistrial following allegedly improper remarks by the prosecutor during closing arguments. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/hunts_CORR_072808.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CALVIN LANDERS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert Wilson Jones, District Public Defender; and Phyllis Aluko, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Calvin Landers.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Patience Branham, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

A Shelby County Criminal Court jury convicted the defendant, Calvin Landers, of rape of a child, and the trial court sentenced him to serve a 20-year sentence in the Department of Correction. The defendant now appeals and claims that the evidence is insufficient to support the conviction and that the sentence is excessive. Because the record supports the judgment of the trial court, we affirm both the conviction and the sentence.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/landersc_072808.pdf


WILED McMILLIAN v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Tracey A. Brewer-Walker, Ripley, Tennessee, for the appellant, Wiled McMillian.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacey Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General; and Karen Burns, Assistant District Attorney, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The petitioner, Wiled McMillIan, pleaded guilty in the Dyer County Criminal Court to one count of the sale of 0.5 grams or more of cocaine. He received a sentence of ten years, to be served in the Department of Correction (TDOC), although the court noted that the petitioner would be allowed to go to long-term drug rehabilitation after he had served six months in the Dyer County jail. Prior to the petitioner's serving six months in the Dyer County jail, he was transferred to TDOC to serve the remainder of his sentence. Thereafter, the petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. The trial court denied the petition. On appeal, the petitioner asserts that he received ineffective assistance of counsel, that his guilty plea was involuntary, and that the post-conviction court erred in denying his separate motion to set aside the guilty plea. We affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/mcmillianw_072808.pdf


ANDREW B. SIMPKINS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Andrew B. Simpkins, Clifton, Tennessee, pro se.

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

Judge: WOODALL

Petitioner, Andrew B. Simpkins, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the Circuit Court of Wayne County, attacking his Montgomery County convictions of attempted first degree murder and felonious possession of a prohibited weapon. Upon motion of the State, the trial court dismissed the petition without an evidentiary hearing, and Petitioner has appealed. On appeal the State has filed a motion to affirm by memorandum opinion. We grant the State's motion and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/simpkinsa_072808.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. WILLIAM EARL STARKS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Periann Houghton, Sommerville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William Earl Starks.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General, and James Walter Freeland, Jr., and P. Neal Oldham, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The appellant, William Earl Starks, was found guilty by a jury in the Tipton County Circuit Court of rape of a child, and he received a sentence of twenty-two years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the appellant contends that the State adduced insufficient proof of venue. Upon our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/starksw_072808.pdf


ERIC JASON TOLLEY v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Eric Jason Tolley, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulany, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Betsy Carnesale, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Eric Jason Tolley, appeals the denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus, arguing that the court should have appointed counsel and held an evidentiary hearing to consider his claims. Following our review, we affirm the summary dismissal of the petition on the grounds that the petitioner failed to state a colorable claim for habeas corpus relief.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/tolleye_072808.pd.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TRUMAINE WINTERS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Kevin E. Childress, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Trumaine Winters.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; Betsy Carnesale and Greg Gilbert, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Trumaine Winters, appeals his convictions and the resulting sentencing decisions of the Shelby County Criminal Court. After a jury trial, Winters was found guilty of first degree murder and aggravated robbery. Winters was sentenced to consecutive sentences of life imprisonment for first degree murder and twelve years for aggravated robbery. On appeal, Winters argues: (1) that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain his convictions; (2) that the trial court "erred in failing to suppress the identification and subsequent identification testimony of State’s witnesses"; (3) that the trial court erred in its application of enhancement factors at sentencing for the conviction of aggravated robbery; and (4) that the trial court erred in imposing consecutive sentencing. After review, we conclude that issues (1), (2) and (4) are without merit. However, with regard to issue (3), we conclude, following plain error review, that Winters' sentence for aggravated robbery must be reversed in light of Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296, 124 S. Ct. 2531 (2004), and the case remanded for resentencing.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/winterst_072808.pdf


School Superintendent Contracts

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-07-28

Opinion Number: 08-127

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2008/ag_08_127.pdf

Liability of Members of General Assembly for Impeachment or Removal of Judges

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-07-28

Opinion Number: 08-128

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2008/ag_08_128.pdf

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Gang leaders plead guilty in Nashville
At a plea hearing today in Nashville, three leaders in the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang pleaded guilty to participation in a racketeering enterprise. The three admitted that they conspired with others to participate in a pattern of racketeering activity in the Nashville metropolitan area, that included murder, attempted murder and witness tampering.
Read more in the Department of Justice release
Historic Scott County
jail will close
The second-oldest county jail in Tennessee still in operation -- the Scott County Jail -- will soon be history. While the future of the landmark is uncertain, prisoners will soon be moved to the new, $9.6 million Scott County Justice Center.
The Knoxville News Sentinel has more
TBI sees drop in homicides
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the number of homicides reported in the state decreased nearly 10 percent between 2005 and 2007. The three-year statistics were compiled as part of the TBI's first ever homicide study.
See the Commercial Appeal for the story
Knoxville attorney speaks about Sunday's church shooting
The daughter of Knoxville attorney J.D. Lee was injured in Sunday's deadly shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Lee gives a detailed account of what his daughter, also an attorney, and granddaughters endured.

Disciplinary Actions
Knoxville lawyer suspended
Thomas F. Mabry of Knoxville was suspended on July 15 for 11 months, 29 days, for neglecting client matters, failing to adequately communicate with clients and, in one instance, improperly communicating with a represented party.
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Attorneys helping people get equal access to the judicial system have a new resource. The court interpreter program has created an attorney bench card that aids in answering questions concerning payment for indigent cases or non-indigent matters.
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