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As someone who never had a lawyer, David made everything as simple as possible. He is very easy to communicate with and provides all the answers and support you will ever need. If I ever need a lawyer again, David will be my first choice to contact. -Andrew

I was falsely accused of something and had an order filed against me. Ben represented me during court and successfully had the order dismissed. He also went above and beyond to make sure it would not show up on my record. – Brittany.

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Warrantless Searches of Probationers

August 21, 2018

Case:  State v. Angela Hamm and David Hamm Issue: Are probationers subject to warrantless, suspicionless searches? Facts: Angela and David Hamm were married and lived together. Angela Hamm was on probation. A confidential informant made a statement potentially implicating Angela and David for selling methamphetamine. Officers were unsuccessful in doing a controlled buy or obtaining other direct […]

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Comparative Fault

August 17, 2018

Case: Carolyn Crisp v. Michael Nelms Issue: Was “paceline” cycler at least 50% at fault for accident as a matter of law? Facts: Plaintiff died while bicycling in a “paceline” group. His surviving spouse sued other cyclists, alleging they had slowed down suddenly. Defendants were granted summary judgment on the basis that paceline cycling is inherently dangerous such […]

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Contracts

August 17, 2018

Case: TWB Architects Inc. v. The Braxton, LLC Issue: Did an architect agreement survive a subsequent purchase agreement? Facts: Architect entered into an architect agreement with Developer to build a condo. Architect later entered into a purchase agreement with a Successor Developer to receive a penthouse as “consideration of design fees owed” on the first contract. Architect did […]

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Abatement of Conviction by Death

August 17, 2018

Case: State v. Hassan Falah Al Mutory Issue: Does a criminal conviction on direct appeal abate upon death of the defendant? Facts: Defendant was convicted of reckless homicide, but died during the pendency of his direct appeal. Defendant’s attorney moved to abate the conviction due to death, which the State opposed. Appellate Decision: The Court of Criminal Appeals ordered […]

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Retroactive Grading of Theft Offenses

August 17, 2018

Cases: State v. Charles Keese and State v. Michael Tolle Issue: Should thefts occurring before the grading amendment be sentenced under the old or new version? Facts: The offense governing the grading of theft offenses, 39-14-105, was amended in 2016 with an effective date of January 1, 2017. The Defendants in these two cases were charged with committing […]

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Indictment Amendments

August 15, 2018

Case: State v. Leroy Myers, Jr. Issue: Did defense counsel’s argument on alternate offense trigger an amendment to the indictment? Facts: Defendant was charged with Aggravated Assault for allegedly shooting at the victim. After a bench trial, Defense Counsel argued the conduct did not constitute Aggravated Assault but might be Reckless Endangerment, and submitted case law on Reckless […]

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Armored Truck Accident Spills Coins on I-40

Armored Truck Accident Spills Coins on I-40

August 2, 2018

In some places the roads are paved with gold. Or so they say. In others, the roads are painted gold, as in Peekskill, New York, where you can stand or drive on the last remaining section of a gold brick road—one which may have inspired the Yellow Brick Road featured in The Wizard of Oz. And every once […]

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2018 Texting and Driving Scholarship Winner – National

2018 Texting and Driving Scholarship Winner – National

August 1, 2018

 The winner of our 2018 Stop Texting and Driving Video Scholarship contest is Blake O’Donnell of Mechanicsville, Va. O’Donnell entered the competition just weeks after his mother, Suzanne, a 48-year-old preschool teacher and breast cancer survivor, lost her life in a distracted driving accident. A teenager was charged with reckless driving in the wake […]

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Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Bordeaux

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Bordeaux

July 16, 2018

Earlier this month a 24-year-old woman was killed in a tragic early-morning pedestrian accident in the Bordeaux neighborhood of Nashville. According to WKRN, the accident took place in the 3100 block of Clarksville Pike near Buena Vista Pike when the woman—who had been riding her bicycle along Clarksville Pike with her boyfriend—stopped to walk across […]

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TSU Researchers Analyze Coverage of Pedestrian Deaths

TSU Researchers Analyze Coverage of Pedestrian Deaths

July 9, 2018

When the media covers pedestrian accidents, readers often receive the same information that is found in the police report. In other words, news articles typically tell us little more than: Who was involved What happened When the accident happened Where the incident occurred Oftentimes the last line in a pedestrian accident article relates how “the […]

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