Candidates file for 10th district judgeship

The Judicial Selection Commission received three applications from individuals interested in appointment to the 10th Judicial District C ircuit Court seat previously held by Judge John B. Hagler Jr. The deadline for applying was today. Those expressing interest are: Ginger Wilson Buchanan of Cleveland, John William Cleveland Sr. of Sweetwater and Jerry Hoffer of Cleveland. The commission w ill meet Feb. 8 to interview the candidates.
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STATE OF TENNESSEE, DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES v. NANCY JANE OLIVER AND BILLY WILEY, SR.
CORRECTION


Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Gary Howell, Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, for the appellants, Nancy Jane Oliver and Billy Wiley, Sr.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Douglas Earl Dimond, Senior Counsel, for the State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services

Judge: KIRBY

This is a termination of parental rights case involving mentally challenged parents. The mother and father had two children, one born in 2002 and the other in 2003. The mother and father were never married. The Department of Children's Services became involved with the family very soon after each child was born, providing several months of parenting services focused on basic child care. These efforts were largely unsuccessful, and the children failed to thrive. Psychological evaluations of the parent s indicated that neither the mother nor the father were mentally or emotionally competent to raise a child. In February 2004, the children were found to be dependent and neglected and taken into protective custody. After removal of the children, parenting services were provided for several more months, with little success. In October 2005, the Department of Children's Services filed this petition to terminate the parental rights of the mother and the father. After a hearing, the juvenile court granted the petition, finding as grounds for termination mental incompetence, persistence of conditions, substantial noncompliance with permanency plans, failure to establish a suitable home despite reasonable efforts by the Department of Children's Services, and abandonment for willful failure to pay child support. Both the mothe r and father appeal this order. We affirm.

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ROGER C. BUTTREY v. CONNIE J. BUTTREY

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Chad Buttrey, Pro Se, Thompson's Station, Tennessee.

Lori Thomas Reid, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, Connie J. Buttrey.

Judge: BENNETT

The divorced father was found to be in willful criminal contempt of a previous court order by the trial court and sentenced to 10 days in the Williamson County jail for not paying his child support in June 2006, 10 days for not paying his child support in November 2006, 10 days for not paying his child support in December 2006, and 10 days for not paying his share of the medical bills of his minor children. The fathe r appealed. We affirm.

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DOJ opens criminal probe of CIA tapes
The U.S. Department of Justice yesterday appointed veteran prosecutor John Durham of Connecticut -- a prosecutor known for his independence and high-profile work on mob-busting and public corruption cases -- to head a full criminal investigation into the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing interrogations of terror suspects.
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Judge to issue written opinion on tape release
Testimony continued today in a hearing to determine whether an audio tape, believed to be related to the resignation of 10th Circuit Court Judge John Hagler, should be made public. Hamilton County Chancery C ourt Judge W. Frank Brown III has indicated he will issue a written opinion at a later date on the issue. Read coverage from the today's testimony in the Chattanoogan.com and the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Paper: states reluctant to lead on death penalty
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear arguments Monday in a Kentucky case that has led to a de facto national moratorium on executions, an article in the New York Times questions why states are reluctant t o change their procedures.
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Coffee County drug court holds graduation
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