Criminal Justice Section

The section was established to serve all elements of the criminal justice system, including state, federal and municipal prosecutors, judges with criminal jurisdiction, state and federal public defenders and those lawyers in private practice.

Chair
District Public Defender
112 S. Second St
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931)648-5538
Immediate Past Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
(615)550-2800
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Lawyer for Nashville Police Officer Delke Questions DA's Handling of Evidence

The lawyer for Nashville police officer Andrew Delke, who was charged with first-degree murder after shooting Daniel Hambrick during a foot chase, filed a document on Thursday accusing District Attorney Glenn Funk of flip-flopping when considering the seal of evidence in the case, The Tennessean reports. Attorney David Raybin filed the reply to the state’s position regarding discovery, questioning Funke’s stance that evidence in the case be made public before the trial, highlighting his office’s position on the recent rape case against Vanderbilt football players where the state attorney general submitted a brief to seal the evidence until the case was adjudicated. "Now the very thing District Attorney Funk recently contended would 'present a serious threat to a defendant's constitutional right to a fair trial' in another case is being touted by the same district attorney general as 'required to ensure the citizens of Davidson County are confident that the judicial process is fair and that all persons are treated equally,” Raybin wrote in the filing. "It is unclear why the state believes the right to a fair trial outweighs pretrial transparency in a case against violent sexual predators but not in a case against a Nashville police officer.” A spokesman for the prosecutor's office told the paper "The district attorney's office will respond to Mr. Raybin's filing in open court on Tuesday."

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Clarksville Bounty Hunter Accused of Murder Accepts Plea Agreement

One of the bounty hunters and bondsmen accused in the 2017 murder of a Clarksville man who they mistook for a fugitive and opened fire on his vehicle has accepted a plea agreement, The Leaf-Chronicle reports. Jonathan Schnepp Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault, with the state dropping 13 other charges against him — including first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping — because of his continued cooperation with prosecutors. Five other defendants in the case are expected to stand trial in July, with another entering a memorandum of retirement agreement last December. 

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