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.

Immediate Past Chair
District Public Defender
112 S. Second St
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931)648-5538
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421
Vice-Chair
Legility
112 Westwood Pl Ste 350
Brentwood, TN 37027-5332
(615)906-7775

Police Officer Charged with Murder Seeks Change of Venue

Police Officer Andrew Delke, who is charged with murder after shooting Daniel Hambrick during a foot chase, is asking the Davidson County Criminal Court to grant a change of venue, The Tennessean reports. Delke’s attorney, David Raybin, argues that publicity surrounding the case, along with reports connecting the shooting with protests and racial tension, all but guarantee that Delke will not receive a fair trial in Nashville. Raybin also says prosecutors “poisoned the well” by publicly releasing surveillance video of the shooting. Prosecutors argue the case should proceed where the crime occurred. Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins said he would rule on the request within two weeks.

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Judge Tosses 2 of 3 Motions to Stop Execution

A Hamilton County Criminal Court judge has dismissed petitions intended to halt the execution of the Chattanooga man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend by burning her alive, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Criminal Court Judge Don Poole denied two of three motions filed on behalf of Leroy Hall Jr., saying the defense’s arguments didn't meet the standards of law or precedent. The court will today consider a third motion for post-conviction relief, with attorneys for Hall saying he deserves a new trial because a juror did not disclose that she was a victim of "severe domestic violence, including rape." Today’s hearing is focused on whether the one-year limit on filing a motion for post-conviction relief can be waived on grounds of due process. Hall's execution is scheduled for Dec. 5.

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