Accountants' litigation services LBMC says straight talk is its stock-in-trade, as the litigation-services sector starts heating up. Attorneys selection process, Tennessee judges and national security, Ray challenges bankruptcy law, sentencing guidelines, session-musicians' rights, court rules, patents, privilege As a result of a Supreme Court ruling issued earlier today , the Judicial Selection Commission must submit a new three-name panel for consideration by Gov.
Phil Bredesen in choosing the fifth member of the court. White , who in became the only Tennessee judge to lose a retention election, as a result of an alliance that took revenge for her role in overturning a death-penalty case.
At the national level, ABOTA's strong reaction to Bush Administration criticism of lawyers who chose to defend detainees at Guantanomo Bay led to the resignation of a Pentagon official. ABOTA will also conduct two Master's educational programs in trial advocacy, and will confer annual awards to trial and appellate judges. Blackburn describes Fisher as "a true lion of the bar.
Riley Anderson with a lifetime achievement award named in honor of the late Justice Joe Henry. District Judge Karl S. Forester told representatives of defendant Al Ganier and prosecutors from the office of the U. As of yesterday afternoon, Judge Forester had not set a trial date. DUI test results prompt Cooper arrest warrant: Times Free Press, Feb. In the bank and mail fraud court case, Sen. Jerry Cooper's defense counsel awaiting evidence to support allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in form of coaching witnesses, Times Free Press, Jan.
Cooper's post-accident blood test results not released to public, due Rutherford DA's request, Tennessean, Feb. Cooper at home recovering, NashvillePost. Bankruptcy Judge Lundin has set March 20 for hearing on Stokes' motion that McLemore be removed from the Chapter 11 proceeding, and challenging creditors' lawyers with charges of conflict of interest.
Trial on embezzlement is set for May Related story on sale of Stokes' Japanese art collection, Tennessean, Feb. Auction set for March 17, Tennessean, Feb. Stokes was given a federal defender and his trial was delayed months, into the spring.
More coverage, click here. Isaacs is becoming adept at handling questions on Tennessee's so-called "crack tax" on illegal drugs. The statute, which allows state tax officials Greg Isaacs to seize money and property before the accused has been convicted of any crime, was ruled unconstitutional last year by a Davidson County judge.
Isaacs said a number of appeals on this matter are working their ways through the system. Brentwood Academy has been represented by James F. Brentwood argues they have the First Amendment on their side; TSSAA their recruitment protocols should prevail, and are constitutional. Related story, Tennessean, Jan.
He said TSSAA's recruitment protocol is unconstitutional, adding he believes the association is "betting the life of the organization on their ability to restrict the dissemination of information to parents of middle-school students These cases center on allegations of improper claims handling and reimbursement. Among reasons cited by the court: On Steed's website Monday, text alluded to "bundling, downcoding, and other unfair claims payment practices.
Steed promised further action in the wake of Cain's ruling, probably via other cases that have been filed for individual physicians. Physicians News Digest , Sept. Volz' family in shock, City Paper, Feb.
The CP reported earlier that Rep. Jim Cooper and Sen. Lamar Alexander had begun monitoring the trial, during which Nicaraguan mobs demand Volz death.
The Nashville music community, of which father Jan Volz is part, held a benefit concert here Jan. Steve CohenOverriding advice to the contrary, new U. Stephen Cohen D-9 was interviewed Feb.
Nashville attorney Paul A. Fassbender, a year-old Wisconsin native, Fassbender became Sen. BA, , University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has practice primarily in civil litigation, with healthcare, construction defect claims and labor and employment clients. Other Corker appointments, NashvillePost. Phil Bredesen vows that after next Supreme Court justice is appointed, he'll move to change system of appointing state's top judges, possibly seeking to reconstitute or abolish the selection commission and making the process more transparent.
Two days later, Lt. Barker's remarks reported in Chattanoogan. Proposed legislation to amend the Tennessee Plan for merit selection, evaluation and retention of judges were pointed-out Feb. The more radical HB filed by Rep. Mike Bell would abolish the Tennessee Plan, turning instead to contested statewide partisan elections. Memphis Daily News, Feb. TBA's Ramsaur notes this is only one of 76 appointments under Tennessee Plan that has had "material controversy.
Ramsey will influence appointments to 53 state boards and commissions and to the Tennesseee Judicial Selection Commission, and he could influence the makeup of the Supreme Court.
Times Free Press, Jan. KuritaSpeaker Pro Tem Sen. Rosalind Kurita, D-Clarksville, is still pressing her case for direct election of the state's constitutional officers. Editorial says it's time to take 'politics' out of appointments, but goes on to suggest popular election of state's treasurer, secretary of state, comptroller and attorney general.
Legislators wonder aloud whether Attorney General should have powers to prosecute, rather than relying on federal agencies, AP via Comm.
This occurred against the backdrop of debate of a Kurita-Kelsey proposal to push for popular direct election of the state's AG. Attorney Jim Vines remains the focus: Attorney Hal Hardin pursues federal case for former assistant U. In Nashville on Feb. Background here and here. District Judge Robert Echols has been named a civilian aide to U. Secretary of the Army Dr. Echols is a retired Army National Guard brigadier. The secretary's aides provide essentially public affairs counsel. District Judge Jordan faces moment of truth in sentencing contrite drug trafficker, opts to extend sentence as message to those considering illegal drug trade, Knox.
Judge Collier sentences Edward Bibbins, whom judge said repeatedly abused the federal court system with unfounded court actions, to more than three years in jail, after man is found guilty of perjury in latest bankruptcy filing, Chattanoogan. Supreme Court, April 18, addressing subordinate bias liability standards.
Those proposals will soon be reviewed. Tennessee Supreme Court ruling limits judges' latitude, prosecutors' power and victims' rights to be heard at key junctures Layman; Taylor , Knox. Supreme Court ruling on victims' rights to be heard cast doubt on cases, Knox. Attorney General Cooper has been asked for an opinion regarding authority of magistrates of hear cases involving municipalities; query arose in Hamilton County when Chief Magistrate Meeks said City Judge Bean inquired about the magistrates handling some city jail cases.
Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham said it doesn't appear the county has any liability in a federal lawsuit filed by the mother of a girl allegedly photographed inappropriately by magistrate Dustin Hatcher. Grand jury chair, Dr. Smith, is silent on reasons for suggestion.
Concurrent Grand Jury recommends term limits on judges, creation of DUI court, and limits on postponing cases. Circuit, Memphis Daily News, Feb. The Tennessee court of the Judiciary has reprimanded the Hon. Onkotz, Sullivan County Child Support Referee for signing and entering three separate findings and recommendations relating to paternity and child support in March and July and July Her son and grandson were parties in the case and her actions violated Canon 3E 1 d of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Before Judge Daughtrey, Knoxville gang member becomes subject of 6th Circuit precedent regarding classification of crimes by person younger than 18, Knox. Grand jurors meeting in Loudon County have presented a facilities report that says the county needs more patrol officers, more parking, more seating and more patrol cars.
Loudon County News-Herald, Dec Judge Haynes released more National Healthcare Corp. Domestic assault charges against General Sessions Civil Court Judge Lonnie Thompson were dismissed before the misdemeanor case was to go to trial. An Anderson County attorney who repeatedly interrupted a new judge during an angry courtroom exchange with her was found in criminal contempt of court Friday. Jenkins, 70, has been hospitalized for "observation and for some rest," said his attorney, Doug Trant.
Jenkins family spawned more than one area lawyer, Knox. The McMinn County Commission recently approved the hiring of two additional court officers, but the county mayor said the move would not ease overcrowding or improve security at four local courts. Meanwhile, Chancellor Jerri Bryant called for a monitoring system that would allow security personnel to keep an eye on individual courtrooms.
Times Free Press, Dec. The Dayton courthouse square, site of the "Monkey Trial," is one of six to be revitalized under a pilot program in Tennessee. Wilson County commissioners approve courthouse spending, addition of third General Sessions Court judge.