Nashville’s Historic Courthouse

Courthouses should be grand affairs.  Courtrooms should be stately reminders of the gravity of the business conducted therein.  Ceilings should tower.  Three walls should be paneled in freshly-oiled hardwood and the other wall a floor-to-ceiling skylight. Judges should sit high on massive benches flanked by flags protecting a bronze seal — either of the State […]

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Wiretap Law in Tennessee – Electronic Surveillance

Tennessee state authorities are authorized to conduct a wiretap or, more broadly, electronic surveillance in a certain types of major felonies: class A felony drug cases, criminal gang offenses and sex trafficking. T.C.A. § 40-6-301 et seq. The statute sees limited use.  In fact Nashville, Davidson County is the only jurisdiction in Tennessee applying for […]

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Quillen Homecoming

With the passing of my father Dale Quillen, I thought I would edit and re-post this story. On Armistice Day, November 11, 1945, Dale Quillen sailed into San Diego Harbor. Three months earlier his Division, the men of the Third Marine Division, had been staging for an invasion of mainland Japan — and for their probable death.  Then a […]

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Selecting A Jury

In a felony criminal trial, the defense and the prosecution have nine peremptory challenges to cull a potential juror. What is most important is that the juror be receptive. I am looking for a juror that will listen to the witnesses and my closing argument with an open mind. Some jurors are unreceptive. It may […]

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