12Jul 2017

First Offense DUI in Tennessee A first-time DUI offense in Tennessee is no small matter. While technically a misdemeanor in Tennessee, a DUI charge can come with a plethora of consequences, including: jail time, suspension of license, court costs, fines, community service, higher insurance rates, and adverse effects on your career. And that’s just naming […]

11Jul 2017

A Florida judge recently received an anonymous birthday card and $10,000 in cash. He didn’t know what to do with it and temporarily turned it over to the sheriff’s department. Should he keep it? Should he donate it to a charity? The Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee said that he should do either […]

05Jul 2017

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled today in Gordon v Lafler that a judge’s conduct could not arise to a due process violation. Throughout the trial the judge and defense lawyer had exchanged comments that certainly could influence a jury. In addition, the judge found the defense lawyer in contempt […]

30Jun 2017

There is no question that Tennessee is a gun friendly state, and this year’s legislative session proved it. Two important gun rights were added to those already enjoyed by Tennesseans. First, Tennesseans can now manufacture and possess silencers legally. The Tennessee Hearing Protection Act of 2017 will not affect federal regulations but it will remove […]

26Jun 2017

The United States Supreme Court recently decided in Lee v United States that when one pleads guilty based on his counsel’s errors and gives up the right to a trial, which he certainly would have exercised had he known the consequences of his plea, he is entitled to a new trial. Lee was charged with […]

22Jun 2017

We are all entitled to a public trial. The public and the press are also entitled to a public trial in order to ensure that free society is open and subject to inspection. The United States Supreme Court decided a public trial case today in Weaver v Massachusetts. Because of space issues, the courtroom was […]

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