Criminal Justice

by Adrian Sainz -- A man testified Tuesday that he saw an acquaintance shoot his friend and business partner, unprovoked, outside his Tennessee home in a killing that authorities said sparked a daylong crime rampage that paralyzed Memphis and led to...
by Adrian Sainz -- Already serving life in prison after his first-degree murder conviction in the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, Billy Ray Turner was sentenced Friday on lesser charges of conspiracy and attempted murder in the 12-year-old...
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says it’s Pamela Moses’ own fault that she is serving a six-year sentence for voter fraud. “I gave her a chance to plead to a misdemeanor with no prison time,” Weirich said. “She...
The attorney for Memphis activist Pamela Moses, who recently was sentenced to six years and a day in prison for attempting to vote while on probation, said he’s just getting warmed up to fight on her behalf. “I don’t care...
The movement to free Pervis Payne celebrated a huge legal victory on Monday (Jan. 31), as Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled that Payne’s two life sentences would run concurrently instead of consecutively.  The ruling means that Payne would be...
The alleged killers of renowned Memphis rapper Young Dolph made their second court appearance in Shelby County Criminal Court before Judge Lee V. Coffee on Friday morning. Neither Cornelius Smith nor Justin Johnson had secured legal representation and Coffee set...
If some Tennessee lawmakers have their way, criminal gang activity and gun violence will warrant harsher punishment for what is being called “community terrorism.” Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-93, has introduced twin house bills, HB1320 and HB1321, to invoke harsher punishment...
In a stellar sea of energetic, service-driven legal standouts, Jasmine Bolton knew there was a chance she might be asked to join President Joe Biden’s Office of Civil Rights. So could hundreds of other exceptional lawyers around the country. So, between...
by Kimberlee Kruesi --  NASHVILLE — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate’s death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) was scheduled to be executed in April, but...
by Travis Loller -- NASHVILLE – The first bill to be pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session in Tennessee seeks to give people with an intellectual disability, who have been sentenced to death, a chance to prove their disability...