New Tennessee Bill Aims To Remind Inferior Courts Of Their Constitutional Boundaries (Update 2.12.24)

A Bill Being Proposed This Session Will Attempt To Address The Issues That Seemed To Plague The Tennessee General Assembly During The Special Session This Past Summer, And Even Somewhat During The Regular Session Of Last Year.

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6th Circuit Shoots Down Immunity For TVA Coal Ash Spill Contractor Jacobs Engineering

A Federal Appellate Court On Wednesday Struck Down A Last-Ditch Appeal By A Tennessee Valley Authority Contractor Accused In The Mass Poisoning By Radioactive Coal Ash Waste Of The Utility’s Kingston Disaster Workforce.

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More Than 50,000 Illegal Immigrants Released Into U.S. Don’t Show Up For Court Hearings

More Than 50,000 Illegal Immigrants Released Into The U.S. By Immigration And Customs Enforcement Failed To Report To Their Deportation Proceedings During A Five-Month Period Analyzed Last Year. Report Also States That ICE Doesn’t Have Court Information On More Than 40,000 Individuals It’s Supposed To Prosecute.

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Study Finds Tennessee Collects $38M In Court Fines, Fees

A New Report From The Sycamore Institute Shows Tennessee Collects Nearly $38 Million Annually In Fines And Fees Through The Criminal Justice System, While County Governments Are Collecting A Shrinking Amount In Fines And Fees.

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Court Docket Backlog In Tennessee Could Continue

Court Dockets Across Tennessee Have Been Stalled For Months, And It Could Be Several More Months Before They Return To Normal. Even Though The Tennessee Supreme Court Was Able To Relieve Some COVID Restrictions After A Recent Decline In Cases, It Could Still Take Months For The Court System To Get Back On A Normal Schedule.

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General Sessions Court To Close After Covid-19 Exposure

The Hamilton County General Sessions Court, which is where criminal defendants typically get to make their first court appearance, will be closed as of December 18. A news release issued by Hamilton County states the decision came after court personnel tested possible for the Covid-19 virus.

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School-choice Program Could Save TN Districts $2K Per Student

Metro Nashville Public Schools and Shelby County Schools could net $500 and $2,000, respectively, in savings per participating student if Tennessee’s school-choice program were to be implemented, new research shows.

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