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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
A status conference was held yesterday between Judicial District Chancery Court Judge I’Ashea Myles in the Chancery Court for Davidson County, 20th Judicial District, and Metro Nashville city attorneys regarding the public records lawsuit pertaining to the “manifesto” and other writings of The Covenant School shooter.
All lawsuits filed to date against the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County regarding the release of records have now been consolidated.
Joining former sheriff for Hamilton County, James Hammond, the Tennessee Firearms Association, and Michael Patrick Leahy of the Tennessee Star, is Senator Todd Gardenhire in conjunction with The Tennesseean.
Sixty-six Republican lawmakers in total have requested in a letter for the documents to be released.
Ninety-one out of the one hundred twelve families that attend The Covenant School have asked attorneys to intervene in the case citing the Tennessee Constitution which contains special provisions for the rights of victims. In a press conference with Metro Legal yesterday afternoon, Attorney Laura Fox said that a decision will be made by a judge on Wednesday as to whether attorneys for the families will be allowed to intervene.
Covenant parents have argued that no good can come from releasing any of the documents related to the case and the school itself has concerns that information could be released that jeopardizes school personnel or safety of the school, students and staff.
Attorneys for the city have submitted two versions of the documents related to the case, one unredacted and a second version with redactions, for a judge to review. Several hundred additional files will be reviewed at the Metro Nashville Police Station before a show cause hearing scheduled for June 8th.
While MNPD has stated that they do not object to releasing a redacted copy of Audrey Elizabeth Hale’s writings, they claim that other records are still in the process of being reviewed and that investigation of these documents is expected to take up to a year.
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.