TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 19, 2014

State lawmakers are calling for strengthening a Tennessee domestic violence law following the early release of a suspect who police said returned home to abuse his girlfriend a second time, the Tennessean reports. Nashville General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland has come under fire for authorizing the release after only three hours in jail. Tennessee law says that domestic abuse and stalking suspects should be held in jail for 12 hours after an arrest if they are determined to be a continued danger to victims. House Speaker Beth Harwell, Rep. William Lamberth, R-Cottontown, State Rep. Gary Odom, D-Nashville, and Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville, all pledged to introduce similar laws and make strengthening domestic violence laws a “priority when they get back in session.” Several are calling for Moreland’s resignation, including Tennessean writer Frank Daniels, mayoral candidate Megan Barry and Davidson County Republican Party Chairman Robert Duvall.