Raybin & Weissman Files Lawsuit For Excessive Force in Taser Case

Excessive Force Lawsuit Raybin & Weissman recently filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of their client alleging excessive force. The suit alleges that Cheatham County Sheriff Deputies repeatedly Tased their client while he was restrained in … [Read more...]

Lawyer for the Condemned: I Witnessed What Should be the Last Electric Chair Execution

Tennessee brings back the electric chair!  I could not believe that my state would return to what I consider a barbaric practice. I am not opposed to the death penalty in all cases. However, having actually seen Tennessee’s last electrocution … [Read more...]

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ruling for Shackled Pregnant Inmate in Villegas Case

Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled an award of $200,000 to a pregnant inmate who was shackled immediately before and after giving birth.  Villegas v. Metro. Gov’t of Nashville, -F.3d-, No. 11-6031 (6th Cir. March 4, 2013).  … [Read more...]

Tennessee Supreme Court Mandates Corroboration of Anonymous Tips

Police were contacted by an anonymous caller in May of 2009 who stated that an “armed party” was at a Covington motel.  No information regarding the description of the weapon, the ethnicity, gender, or physical appearance of the suspect(s), or … [Read more...]

Federal Lawsuit Filed in Response to Humphreys County Police Beating

Darren T. Ring, a 35-year-old resident of the City of Waverly, has had a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on his behalf in response to an alleged instance of police brutality, which I reported on in the July 2011 article "Police Beating … [Read more...]

Inmates with Diabetes Have Rights when Medical Care Is Ignored

Inmates that receive poor medical care for Diabetes while incarcerated have protections under State and Federal law. Inmates may bring a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 if they can establish that their constitutional rights were violated by … [Read more...]

Pardoned Felon Sues State Over Right To Bear Arms

Second Amendment advocates have been "up in arms" over a recent case that has resulted in a conflict between the constitutional supremacy of the pardon and the Tennessee lawmakers responsible for statutorily restricting the rights of felons. … [Read more...]

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