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Christian schools association intervenes in suit against U.S. Department of Education

BY: - September 23, 2022

The nation’s largest Protestant association of Christian schools is joining forces with Tennessee and 19 other Republican states to try to block a Biden administration executive order that seeks to protect LGBTQ students in public schools from discrimination. The Association of Christian Schools International, whose members include 2,000 schools and 60 colleges across the country, […]

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North Carolina uses “fraudulent” document in gerrymandering case before high court

BY: - September 21, 2022

A group of legal experts says North Carolina is using a “fraudulent” document from 1818 to make its argument in a gerrymandering case set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. A Politico op-ed written by Ethan Herenstin, counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law, and Brian […]

Lynfield Gardens in Bedford County, owned by Chris and Stephanie Sarsfield. (Photo: Lynfield Gardens)

Wedding venue on Bedford County farm hits legal snag with ‘Right to Farm Act’

BY: - September 21, 2022

The intent of the Tennessee Right to Farm Act, passed in 1982, was to keep local zoning and neighbors who don’t like farm activities from interfering with farmers. The Right to Farm Act and a recent Tennessee Court of Appeals ruling, allow farmers to supplement their income by hosting events and other recreational activities — […]

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No Tax 4 Nash group reaches $1M settlement in class action lawsuit

BY: - September 16, 2022

An anti-tax group that targeted Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Metro Council members for recall will pay more than $1 million as part of a legal settlement after it used pre-recorded robocalls to contact Nashville voters in July 2020. Metro Nashville School Board member Rachael Anne Elrod, attorney Andrew Kaufman and Sarah Martin filed the […]

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States’ chief justices group argues against independent state legislatures “theory”

BY: - September 14, 2022

Calling it “invalid,” a group of influential judges is coming down against a theory that could give state legislatures the authority to set election and redistricting laws without the oversight of state courts. The Conference of Chief Justices, a group made up of the nation’s highest judicial officers, filed a rare amicus brief recently in […]

U.S. Justice Department to appeal Trump special master order

BY: - September 9, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a Florida federal judge’s ruling this week appointing an independent arbiter to review thousands of sensitive materials the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence, the department notified the court Thursday. Government prosecutors are also asking U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon not to force them […]

Former Tennessee Speaker of the House Glen Casada, center, leaves the Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse in Nashville after being arraigned on 20 counts of conspiracy.

Feds seek protective order on evidence against Casada and co-defendants

BY: - September 8, 2022

The Department of Justice is asking the attorneys for former House Speaker Glen Casada to keep secret the evidence they share against him and co-defendants in advance of an October trial. In their case against Casada and his ex-chief of staff, Cade Cothren, federal authorities plan to provide the defendants with law enforcement agency reports […]

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Nashville fire department veteran staffer accuses chief of discrimination, retaliation

BY: - September 6, 2022

A 30-year veteran of the Nashville Fire Department says in a newly-filed lawsuit she was forced to submit to drug testing and suspended for five days after she publicly accused the agency of age and sex discrimination. Maggie Lawrence, 64, has filed a civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Nashville against her employers at […]

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Tennessee Judges Philip Smith, John Everett Williams die over Labor Day weekend

BY: - September 6, 2022

Tennessee courts lost two longtime judges over the Labor Day weekend with the unexpected deaths of Fourth Circuit Court Judge Philip Smith and Judge John Everett Williams, the presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals Smith served since 2009 as one of two Nashville judges who preside over divorce and domestic violence cases. He […]

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Feds to settle suit over 2018 Tennessee slaughterhouse raid targeting Latino workers

BY: - September 5, 2022

A settlement is in the works in a lawsuit filed by Latino workers at a Grainger County slaughterhouse who were arrested without proof of wrongdoing in a controversial raid authorized by the U.S. government. U.S. District Judge Travis McDonough has issued a stay in the class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of Latino workers at the […]

Retiring Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and his wife walk past staff members on his final day in office, Aug. 31,2022. (Photo: Tennessee Attorney General Twitter)

Slatery touts win in opioid battles but tried to force East Tennessee DAs out of the fight

BY: - September 1, 2022

Outgoing Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery recently claimed victory in a $450 million national settlement with Ireland-based drugmaker Endo International, yet five years ago he tried to derail legal efforts in Northeast Tennessee that led to a $35 million settlement that’s netting more money for nine counties than his Endo deal brought for the entire […]

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Asian American groups urge rejection of nominee for U.S. Attorney in Tennessee’s Eastern District

BY: - August 31, 2022

Advocacy groups across the nation are calling on the Biden administration and the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Casey Arrowood for U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee. The Biden administration in August nominated Arrowood for the top job at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Knoxville despite his role in the […]