Monday, May 25, 2020

Criminal Justice

The federal government is still exploring the Emmett Till case according to a recent report which says the 60-plus-year-old cold case is still open and on the books. —Amber Guyger murder trial: Listen to her frantic 911 call— According to Yahoo,...
In a move to help struggling households, Shelby County officials have opted to stop charging Juvenile Court fees not ordered by state law. The announcement came during a joint press conference (Aug. 26) that included Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr., Mayor...
A Florida jury has found a white man guilty of manslaughter after he sought to defend murdering a Black man under the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Late Friday night, the jury handed down the guilty verdict to 49-year-old...
Billy Ray Turner, who is awaiting a September trial in the killing of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a separate gun charge. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Turner during a hearing Thursday...
“Sherra Wright has been transferred from Shelby County Jail East and is now in the custody of Tennessee Department of Corrections.” That’s the message posted on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Twitter site on Friday. Wright pled guilty on Thursday for...
The word “closure” has draped around the brutal killing of Lorenzen Wright like the long-waited delivery of a made-to-order dress. Sherra Wright’s guilty plea brought the need for it home on Thursday. The ex-wife of the former NBA stalwart, University...
Sherra Wright and Lorenzen Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, stood a few feet apart in Criminal Court on Thursday and children is what kept the scenario from turning into a crime scene. Wright pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to charges associated...
  Just this year, there have been at least 32 confirmed cases of interstate/highway shootings in Memphis & Shelby County - with a possible 33rd happening just as law enforcement announced a relaunch of “Operation: Grizzly Bear” Wednesday morning. The Memphis...
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...
It's no secret that a major key to Memphis' economic revival will be reducing unemployment – specifically, among those with felony convictions. And Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is putting his signature where his speech is. On Tuesday, after participating in...