TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 1, 2018
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which is currently considering the case of Cyntoia Brown, is stumped by Tennessee’s contradictory sentencing laws and has asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to weigh in before they issue a ruling, The Tennessean reports. Brown, in prison for a murder she committed at 16, is challenging her life sentence, claiming it was unconstitutional. One Tennessee law says there is “no release eligibility” for anyone serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, while another says people convicted of first-degree murder must serve 60 percent of a 60-year sentence.