TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 12, 2016

At a district attorney general’s conference this week in Pigeon Forge, state officials reminded Tennessee’s grant-funded domestic violence prosecutors that forcing victims to testify against their abusers and jailing those who do not cooperate will not be tolerated. WJHL-TV first reported on Washington County's use of the practice to punish victims who disobeyed subpoenas. It now reveals that the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs reported the situation to the U.S. Department of Justice in mid-September. The state agency emphasized that it had made the prohibition on use of funds clear in its grant materials and that the county agreed to the conditions in signing to accept the funds.