TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Apr 15, 2016

Knox County prosecutors will continue to use a gang enhancement sentencing law despite the statute having been deemed unconstitutional. The Tennessee Court of Appeals struck down the law last week after ruling it was poorly drafted and too broad. Deputy District Attorney General Kyle Hixson said prosecutors will neither dismiss current charges or stop applying the law. "We are not flouting (the appellate court's) opinion. We're just preserving our rights," he said. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the state Attorney General’s office is considering whether to ask the Tennessee Supreme Court to review the ruling.