TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 20, 2019
Saying he has “zero confidence” in the district attorney selected to investigate a case involving House Speaker Glen Casada’s office and an African-American activist, state Rep. G.A. Hardaway is calling for a new process to select special prosecutors, the Daily Memphian reports. The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference chose Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott — recently embroiled in a scandal and investigation regarding anti-LGBT and Islamophobic comments he made — to determine whether Casada’s former chief of staff, Cade Cothren, tried to frame activist Justin Jones with an altered email showing he violated a no-contact order. Hardaway said he believes the legislature needs to reconsider how special prosecutors are selected, with appointments coming through a third party, possibly the Supreme Court or retired judges.