Criminal Justice

 Health Dept. confirms COVID-19 death  -- The Shelby County Health Department's latest released data records a death related to the novel coronavirus. By policy, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) does not release identifiable information about specific cases in order to...
As graduations go, the one held last Saturday morning at LeMoyne-Owen College’s Little Theatre had an element of redemption. Centerstage were graduates of the 2019 Shelby County Office of Re-Entry program. “We are just so proud of these graduates, 91...
Hernandez Govan, the 43-year-old that prosecutors charge solicited the killers of Young Dolph, is scheduled to appear before Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee on Thursday (Nov. 17), the first anniversary of the Memphis rapper’s death. Govan is set to appear...
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...
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...
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...
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy chose the National Civil Rights Museum as a backdrop to announce that applications are now being accepted for a new Justice Review Unit (JRU). Mulroy first promoted a post-conviction review mechanism in late October...
Prominent criminal defense attorney William Massey told reporters in a brief press conference that his client, Hernandez Govan, “had nothing to do with the murder of Memphis rapper, Young Dolph. Following the Nov. 17 arraignment of Govan by Criminal Court...
TSD Editor's Note: Bryan Stevenson was a 2016 recipient of the Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Bryan Stevenson may well be the nation’s most consequential civil rights lawyer since Thurgood Marshall. While Marshall stared down...
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...