TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Mar 26, 2012

In an editorial, the Commercial Appeal points out that Tennessee's Court of Criminal Appeals has repeatedly ruled that Memphis police are violating the U.S. Constitution when they detain a suspect for up to 48 hours to gather evidence. The paper says the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office does it, and will continue doing it, explaining that no suspect in a crime is held without a judicial commissioner's determination that there is probable cause for the detention. The paper asks: “If an appeals court is overturning convictions because the detentions are illegal, is maintaining the status quo really serving justice?”