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 […]

Read full story

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 […]

Read full story

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 […]

Read full story

Judge Moreland Vindicated

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct issued a public apology today to Nashville General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland. The Board had earlier tarred Judge Moreland for countermanding a night court judge who had ordered that a man charged with domestic assault be imprisoned without bail for twelve hours.  It turned out the “victim’s” accusations were […]

Read full story