Tennessee

302 ABA Journal articles on Tennessee.

When a mental health emergency lands you in jail

Early last year, two suicidal patients showed up at a hospital emergency room in Pierre, South Dakota, seeking help. Although the incidents happened weeks apart, both patients ended up in…

Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE dragnet

This summer, a Kansas City man named Edwin got a call from immigration officials. They had picked up his nephew at the southern border and wanted to release the teen…

Condemned to death—and solitary confinement

Arizona death row inmate Scott Nordstrom lives alone in a room smaller than a parking space. He’s allowed to leave his cell a few times each week to shower or…

Judge offers shorter sentences for offenders who get vasectomies or contraceptive implants

Updated: Dozens of inmates in White County, Tennessee, have taken advantage of a judge’s offer of a 30-day sentence credit if they undergo vasectomies or contraceptive implants.

Judge Sam Benningfield…

Silver Gavel Awards have honored outstanding depictions of law in media for 60 years

In 2017, the ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts will celebrate their 60th anniversary. To Kill a Mockingbird, Law & Order, NPR’s All Things Considered, SCOTUSblog and Netflix’s Making a Murderer—these were different forms of media, but all increased public awareness and understanding of the American judicial system and all have earned Silver Gavels over the years.

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Who gets the reward for capture of escaped Georgia inmates? The answer isn’t easy

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a reward will be paid after the arrest of two escaped inmates believed to have killed their guards June 13 on a…

Justice Department probes alleged abuses on prison transport vans

The Justice Department has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of abuse by the nation’s largest for-profit extradition company, according to a Colorado man who said he was recently contacted…

Vanderbilt law prof who taught Argentine LLM student backs his bid to take the bar exam

A case filed by an Argentine lawyer seeking to take the Tennessee bar exam “speaks to the essence of equity, equality and opportunity,” according to a Vanderbilt law professor who…

How managed services are building systems for corporate legal work
Legal managed services providers design, build and staff process-driven systems that efficiently complete legal work. The work’s content often is sophisticated and important to the client’s long-term commercial interests. Yet the volume is too large to be performed cost-effectively by law firm associates and too narrow and repetitive to warrant hiring more in-house lawyers.
Suit claims Tennessee’s new ‘natural meaning’ law could deny rights to same-sex couples

Four pregnant women and their wives are challenging a new Tennessee law that requires words in state statutes to be interpreted with “natural and ordinary meaning.”

The suit (PDF),…

Federal judge steps down and denounces mandatory minimum sentences

A federal judge in Tennessee who joined the bench in 2011 spent his last day on the job on Friday, then denounced mandatory minimum sentences in an interview the next…

Judge who set $250K bond for seat-belt violation gets probation in deferred disciplinary agreement

A Tennessee judge accused of requiring defendants to pay unwarranted fees and setting a $250,000 bond for a mother’s child-seat violation has been placed on disciplinary probation as a result…

Arrest records of civil rights leader are unearthed; persistent lawyer sought them for 15 years

At first, Nashville city officials said there were no arrest records in existence for U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia who was the chairman of the Student…

Secret nude recordings weren’t ‘lascivious’ and didn’t violate child porn law, top state court says

A Tennessee man who secretly made video recordings of girls ages 12 and 14 at his home didn’t violate the state’s child pornography law because the nude images didn’t amount…

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