Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, where Tennessee's Death Row is located.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for the state will try to convince Tennessee’s Supreme Court justices that they should not be forced to turn over the names of executioners to the attorneys for the state’s 11 death row inmates.
Attorneys for the inmates say they need the names in order to determine whether the people charged with carrying out executions are qualified. If they aren't, it would benefit the inmates' lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee's lethal injection and electrocution procedures.
Police dash-cam video of the confrontation between Tennessean Oriana Ferrell and New Mexico State Police
ALBUQURQUE, NM (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.
KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in the northern tourist town of Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.
Senator Brian Kelsey (L) and State Rep. John Deberry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.
Kelsey says that the measure comes in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the demonstrations that followed a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study found more than 60 percent of low-income Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need.
According to a news release from the Tennessee Supreme Court, respondents cited conflicts with creditors and landlords, problems obtaining or paying for health care, and difficulties with government benefits.
Unlike criminal legal matters, people with civil legal needs are not entitled to public attorneys. And according to the study, only 25 percent of respondents were aware of resources to help find a lawyer.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will begin his annual budget hearings at the state Capitol on Monday.
Five agencies are scheduled to make presentations, including the Department of Children's Services, which oversees a troubled Nashville youth detention facility that recently made national headlines because of rioting and escapes.
Critics have said previous budget cuts contributed to problems at the Woodland Hills facility, such as staff reductions and low pay to workers.