Supreme Court

January 6, 2003
The death sentence Gerald Powers received for killing a Memphis woman in1996 was affirmed Monday in a 3-2 decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court, with justices divided over whether trial testimony...
December 19, 2002
For the first time, Tennessee has certified foreign language interpreters available to assist court users who speak and understand little or no English.The seven interpreters, certified in Spanish,...
December 19, 2002
Property owners whose trees cause substantial damage to adjoining property may be held financially responsible, the Tennessee Supreme Court said Thursday in a unanimous decision providing a new legal...
December 11, 2002
The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed three members to the state Board of Professional Responsibility which investigates complaints against attorneys and disciplines lawyers who violate...
October 14, 2002
High school students from Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties will participate Nov. 7 in a state Supreme Court program designed to educate young Tennesseans about the judicial branch of...
October 7, 2002
A Hamilton County man who repeatedly confessed to committing felony murder and numerous counts of aggravated rape was not denied his constitutional right to effective legal counsel, the Tennessee...
September 16, 2002
The death sentence Richard Hale Austin received for his role in the murder-for-hire fatal shooting of a Memphis undercover agent was affirmed Monday in a 4-1 decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court....
September 4, 2002
The public is entitled to scrutinize the records of private entities doing business with the state to the extent they become the “functional equivalent” of government agencies, the Tennessee Supreme...
August 29, 2002
A standard for state appellate court review of cases in which juries have rejected insanity defenses was announced Thursday by the Tennessee Supreme Court in a decision involving a Memphis man who...
August 27, 2002
The state's 19,000 lawyers and their clients will be affected beginning March 1, 2003, by substantially revised ethics rules for attorneys adopted Tuesday by the Tennessee Supreme Court to replace...
August 21, 2002
Chief Justice Frank Drowota, III, the longest-serving judge in the 178-member Tennessee Judicial Conference, will be sworn in Friday at 1:30 p.m. for a full four-year term as chief justice of the...
August 20, 2002
Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., of the Tennessee Supreme Court has received the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity’s top honor, the Barbara Jordan Award, for his lifetime commitment to public service.The...
August 12, 2002
Videos in Kurdish, Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Laotian and English explaining basic rights of defendants, parental rights in abuse and neglect cases and how to obtain orders of protection...
July 18, 2002
A Knox County juror who was the lone holdout against imposing a death sentence may have felt coerced to change his vote by a judge's jury instructions, the Tennessee Supreme Court said Friday in a...
July 10, 2002
BellSouth cannot bar competing local telephone service providers from adding their logos to the covers of white pages directories, the Tennessee Supreme Court said Wednesday in a unanimous decision,...
June 7, 2002
Chief Justice Frank F. Drowota, III, of Nashville has been re-elected by the Tennessee Supreme Court to a four-year term ending Aug. 31, 2006.“I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to...
May 14, 2002
The death sentences a Nashville man received for hiring a friend to murder his wife and mother-in-law were upheld Tuesday by the Tennessee Supreme Court in a majority opinion written by Justice...
May 7, 2002
A majority of the Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the first degree murder convictions and death sentences of James Henderson Dellinger and Gary Wayne Sutton for the 1992 Blount County murder of...
April 25, 2002
Foreign language court interpreters will be tested, credentialed and required to follow an ethics code addressing issues such as accuracy, impartiality, professional demeanor and confidentiality for...
April 17, 2002
High school students from Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties will participate May 2 in a state Supreme Court program designed to educate young Tennesseans about the judicial branch of...
March 26, 2002
The conviction and death sentence a Memphis jury handed down for the 1997 murder of an off-duty Memphis police officer was affirmed Tuesday by a majority of the Tennessee Supreme Court in an opinion...
February 11, 2002
Judges involved in a jury reform pilot project in 10 courtrooms across the state have been authorized by the Tennessee Supreme Court to continue using some or all of the changes beyond the scheduled...
February 11, 2002
More than 7,700 Tennessee children who are in foster care because they were abused, neglected or dependent will benefit from a new state Supreme Court rule establishing guidelines for lawyers...
February 5, 2002
Seven judicial system boards and commissions have new and reappointed members with terms effective January 1. The Supreme Court appointed members to fill expiring positions and also added two members...
January 25, 2002
A growing number of so-called “designer” courts dealing with certain cases involving limited legal issues such as drugs, mental health problems, domestic violence or DUI are proving their worth in...