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November 17, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld a death row inmate’s conviction for first degree murder. However, it has ordered a new sentencing hearing because the lawyers representing the man at trial did...
November 14, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied a new murder trial to Clarence Nesbit, who has been on death row since 1995. The Court was unanimous in its finding that Nesbit failed to prove the performance...
November 10, 2014
The Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions and sentence of a Nashville man who was accused of sexually abusing his two young daughters.In 2007, Fred Chad Clark II’s daughters, ages four and six...
November 10, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has decided that a sex abuse suspect’s confession made during a conversation with the victim’s mother and recorded by police was admissible at trial.A nine-year-old child...
November 7, 2014
Release From Gov. Haslam's office:Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has issued Executive Order No. 41 establishing the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, a group of 11 members...
November 4, 2014
The state’s newest attorneys are appearing before the Tennessee Supreme Court this week – to be sworn in to the practice of law.Candidates who were successful in the July bar examination are...
October 29, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously reinstated a jury verdict, finding that a former maintenance employee of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) suffered unlawful retaliation through the...
October 27, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions of Broderick Fayne for aggravated burglary and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. The Court rejected Fayne’s...
September 30, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed a jury’s verdict convicting Jessie Dotson of six counts of first degree murder and imposing a death sentence for each of the six convictions. The...
September 25, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Henry Lee Jones, who was convicted of two counts of first degree murder in Shelby County and sentenced to death. Because the trial court...
September 25, 2014
Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously affirmed 21 of 24 convictions of a man who engaged in and filmed his unprotected sexual acts with a minor.Mr. Barry H. Hogg, who was HIV-positive and...
September 22, 2014
In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that a statute requiring lawsuits by inmates to be brought in the county where they were incarcerated does not apply to inmates...
September 22, 2014
Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyle Reid now has a permanent presence in the Jackson Supreme Court building, as his portrait was unveiled in a ceremony Friday.Family, friends, and...
September 18, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld a portion of a contract in which a Tennessee woman agreed to act as a surrogate mother for an Italian couple who were unable to have children on their own.The...
September 17, 2014
Dignitaries from across the state gathered in Knoxville Wednesday to mark the formal investiture of Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee.Gov. Bill Haslam administered the oath of...
September 17, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a West Tennessee man who was convicted of first degree murder and kidnapping, among other crimes.John T. Freeland, Jr. kidnapped at...
September 16, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam will administer the oath of office to Justice Holly Kirby, the newest member of the Tennessee Supreme Court, in an investiture ceremony in Memphis this Friday, September 19.The event...
September 15, 2014
Herbert H. Slatery, III will be the next Attorney General and Reporter of Tennessee, the Supreme Court announced this morning in Nashville.Slatery, of Nashville, has served as Gov. Bill Haslam’s...
September 13, 2014
The members of the Tennessee Supreme Court plan to announce their choice for Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter at 11 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 in Nashville.The formal announcement comes...
September 12, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that a hotel guest cannot recover from the hotel’s owner for injuries sustained when a bench collapsed in a handicap-accessible shower because the hotel...
September 11, 2014
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee will be formally invested into the role of Chief Justice by Gov. Bill Haslam at a ceremony in Knoxville Wednesday, September 17.The investiture will take...
September 10, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reinstated a trial court’s decision to designate a teenage boy’s mother as his primary residential parent.The boy and his teenage sister were living in Richmond,...
September 8, 2014
Six applicants for the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter position will be moving on to a second round of interviews before the Tennessee Supreme Court.The Court spent more than five hours...
September 4, 2014
Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee addressed hundreds of Knoxville-area attorneys at the annual Knoxville Bar Association Supreme Court Dinner Wednesday night.Chief Justice Lee spoke...
September 3, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld a 30-day suspension for Nashville attorney William Caldwell Hancock for his conduct in a bankruptcy case, which included sending an email to the judge calling...