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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 13, 2018
Tennessee’s top prosecutors say they plan to appeal a controversial ruling that threw hundreds of DUI cases into limbo, the Times Free Press reports. The Criminal Court of Appeals last week ruled that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had instituted an “unconstitutional” fee system that required defendants pay a $250 blood test fee if they are convicted. "Because the intermediate court ruling will impact the handling of all pending DUI cases in trial courts, we will do our best to impress on the Court the need for expeditious action on the application," Rachel Willis, deputy attorney general for the state of Tennessee, wrote in an email Monday to local prosecutors. "And if it is granted, we will consider asking for an expedited appeal."