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Supreme Court reinstates murder conviction, says 6th Circuit ignored ‘ample evidence’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the murder conviction of a Tennessee death-row inmate accused of killing a motel maid, ruling that a federal appeals court had relied on a “fanciful theory” to grant him a new trial.

They didn’t commit new crimes, but they’re going back to prison

Because of a Tennessee court fight regarding ‘armed career criminals,’ men who had been released from prison were sent back

Afternoon Briefs: Garland confirmed as attorney general; lawyer charged in Capitol riot ready for steak dinner

Garland is confirmed as US attorney general

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Judge Merrick Garland as the next U.S. attorney general by a 70-30 vote. Garland, a judge on…

Inmate given clemency by Trump had backing of former judge who sentenced him to life

A federal judge who sentenced a Clarksville, Tennessee, man to life in prison in a drug trafficking case greeted him in person after then-President Donald Trump commuted the sentence in January.

Lawyer suspended for Facebook advice on how to shoot an abuser and avoid conviction

A Nashville, Tennessee, lawyer has been suspended for advising a Facebook friend on how she could use the castle doctrine to protect herself if she shot a former boyfriend she had accused of abuse.

2 more federal judges are confirmed amid COVID-19 relief package negotiations

Two more federal judges were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, as lawmakers rush to reach a deal on COVID-19 relief and government funding packages. President Donald Trump has now put in place 234 federal judges.

For first time in history, federal government carried out more civilian executions than all 50 states

Ten federal inmates were executed this year as a result of a push by the Department of Justice, putting the total number of federal executions above that of all 50 states combined.

Disciplinary counsel resigns after filing alleges he is a ‘proud anti-Muslim bigot’

A disciplinary counsel in Tennessee has resigned after a legal filing alleged that his tweets showed him to be a “proud anti-Muslim bigot.”

DOJ rule change would allow some executions by firing squad and electrocution

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday published a final rule change that would allow federal executions to be carried out in any manner allowed in the state where the death sentence was imposed.

Judge is reprimanded for ‘flirtatious to overtly sexual’ social media messages

A Tennessee judge has received a public reprimand for sending inappropriate messages to women on social media platforms.

Judge reprimanded for apparent KKK reference when complaining about court mask mandate

A Tennessee judge has received a public reprimand for complaining that the state supreme court’s “grand wizard” required that masks be worn in court.

Judge kicked off case after bashing 6th Circuit’s computer sophistication, refusing to budge on sentence

A federal judge in Memphis, Tennessee, has been kicked off a child pornography case after criticizing the computer sophistication of appellate judges and refusing to change the light sentence that she imposed.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump’s census count order blocked; lawyer dies by suicide as cops close in

Court blocks Trump’s census count order

A special three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has blocked President Donald Trump’s order to exclude…

New judge will hear Tennessee man’s murder appeal after first judge said he prefers Texas law

A new judge will hear a Tennessee defendant’s appeal of his murder conviction after the first judge described the state’s post-conviction process as a game and said he prefers Texas procedures.

New York announces reciprocity agreements with 9 jurisdictions while it plans online October bar exam

New York has announced reciprocity agreements with some jurisdictions also offering the October online bar exam, which will use National Conference of Bar Examiners testing materials.

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