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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Self-Defense, Assault & Criminal Lawyers

Criminal lawyers always look for a defense. In the case of any assault-type charge, the lawyer looks at self-defense.  It is governed by statute and it has changed three times since 2006.  If the lawyer thinks self-defense is viable he goes to the big red book, “Tennessee Pattern Jury Instructions – Criminal.”  This book holds […]

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