House Joins Senate in Approving Christian/Newsom Bills - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Mar 27, 2014

The state House joined the Senate today in unanimously approving two bills named in honor of torture-murder victims Channon Christian and Chris Newsom. Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, and Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, SB 1796, designated the “Chris Newsom Act,” revises the rules for a judge acting as a “13th juror” at the conclusion of a criminal trial. SB 1797, designated the “Channon Christian Act,” puts new restrictions on what criminal defendants and their attorneys can do in trying to portray a victim in a negative light before a jury. Knoxnews has more.