Judges Order New Bail Rules in Domestic Assault Cases - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 20, 2014

In a specially convened meeting Friday, Nashville General Sessions judges unanimously ordered that a new procedure be put in place to handle requests for early release of domestic violence suspects, the Tennessean reports. The judges’ order comes in response to the action of General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland, who authorized the early release of a domestic violence suspect following his arrest. The new order says that any request to alter a 12-hour hold typically placed on arrested domestic violence suspects must be heard by one of three General Sessions judges designated to take domestic violence cases. All parties — including the District Attorney, the suspect and the victim — must get a chance to be heard before any conditions of the hold can change.   Ben Raybin of Hollins, Raybin & Weissman PC provides more details on the 12-hour “cooling off” hold in a recent blog post.