Judge Rules Hamilton County DA's Office May Continue Prosecuting Gang Racketeering Case

Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz ruled yesterday that Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston's office can continue prosecuting a gang racketeering case, despite a push by defense attorneys to disqualify it, The Times Free Press reports. The defense argued that a lawyer who previously represented two defendants on the case now works in Pinkston's office and could learn or share confidential information about the case if the right screening measures aren't in place. Greenholtz said the "appearance of impropriety" standard is no longer the guiding law in Tennessee. He did order that no one can discuss the case with Lee Ortwein, the prosecutor in question, adding that Ortwein must have no access to the state's evidence.
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