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When is a lie a federal crime?
When is a lie a federal crime?

By Lee Davis Earlier this year the Supreme Court decided US v. Alvarez , a case that tests the limits upon which a community must accept contemptible conduct--in this case speech--from locally elected officials. Xavier Alvarez is a brazen liar. But is he a criminal? As an ...

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Blog posts in November, 2012

  • U.S. Supreme Court to consider "late" actual innocence proof

    An issue before the U.S. Supreme Court involves the late appearance of evidence that may demonstrate a criminal defendant’s innocence. Though many ...

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  • Jury Convicts in Retrial of Vanessa Coleman

    By Stevie Phillips Yesterday, after an 11 hour deliberation, a Jackson County jury found Vanessa Coleman guilty on 13 of 17 counts of facilitation to ...

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  • TN Judicial Ethics Committee Issues Advisory to Judges on Social Media

    The Tennessee Judicial Ethics Committee recently released an advisory opinion regarding judges and proper social media etiquette, something that legal ...

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  • Petraeus Affair Raises Concerns About E-mail Privacy

    With all the coverage surrounding the recent fiasco involving General Petraeus, the extent of people’s personal electronic security has been given ...

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  • Nominating Commission selects three candidates for Court of Appeals Eastern Section

    Jerri S. Bryant, Chancellor The Judicial Nominating Commission met in Chattanooga today to review the 11 applicants for the Court of Appeals Eastern ...

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  • SUPREME COURT RULING CLARIFIES WHEN ATTORNEY CONTEMPT CHARGE PROPER

    November 15, 2012 In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that a judge may not properly charge an attorney with contempt of ...

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  • An End to the Baumgartner Saga as Jury Convicts Disgraced Judge

    A federal jury in Knoxville, Tennessee voted to convict former Knox County criminal court judge Richard Baumgartner, who was charged with lying to ...

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  • Tennessee Vehicle Forfeiture Procedure Questioned by Hamilton County Sheriff

    Hamilton County sheriff Jim Hammond has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to decide whether he violated state procedure when he returned a ...

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