Criminal Defense Attorneys Seek To Find Solution To Logjam Between Judge Steelman, Public Defender Garth

Monday, August 27, 2012

Leaders of the local chapter of the Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorneys Association are offering to find a "compromise" to break the logjam that is causing public defender cases to back up in the courtroom of Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman.

Public Defender Ardena Garth has sought to have Judge Steelman recuse himself from 150 cases of indigent defendants, saying he has been "venomous" toward her office and is biased against her and her staff.

At the start of a hearing on the motions on Monday afternoon, attorneys Hank Hill and Rich Heinsman asked for a couple of days "to see if some common ground can be found."

Attorney Hill said, "If there is any middle ground, we'd like to find it."

He said the attorneys plan "to make a proposal to the court as a compromise and a solution to all of this. That's our hope."

Attorney Hill said a motion to intervene could be filed Tuesday and the attorneys be ready by Wednesday. Judge Steelman reset the motions for Friday.

He said, "I don't know what is contemplated by this," but he said he was not opposed to the delay.

Ms. Garth also asked that the defense attorneys have time to intervene.

One woman who is indigent told the court she wanted to resolve her case, saying it had been worked out that she had a bed waiting at a rehab place. However, Judge Steelman said he could not act on her case while the motion to recuse is still active. He said the public defender's office was free to try to work out the case with another judge.

 

 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALVAREZ, MARCELINO P  207 LAWS AVE #A CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 45 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE --- ARNOLD, DERRICK  5191 CENTRAL AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37401  Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING ON ... (click for more)

East Ridge To Build Open-Air Pavilion Near City Hall

East Ridge plans to construct an open-air pavilion that will include restrooms and a concession area near City Hall and the old McBrien School.  It will be part of a Town Center for East Ridge at the Tombras Avenue property. The city is also applying for a $500,000 grant to help convert Pioneer Park into a refurbished park with a splash pad. The firm of Hefferlin and ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)

Orange Overwhelms White, 34-7, In Tennessee Spring Game

KNOXVILLE – After almost a month of spring camp and four quarters of ones versus twos, one glaring question remains: how much will the fall arrival of graduate transfer Keller Chryst change the dynamic of the battle for starting quarterback?   While new Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was calling for an electric atmosphere at Saturday’s Orange and White game, the ... (click for more)

Stoker, Tate Prevail In 50th Chickamauga Chase 15K

They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day weather-wise for the oldest and longest running race on the Chattanooga Track Club’s schedule. Temperatures were cool, but not cold, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.   Add to that the fact there was very little wind and you have perfect conditions for the 50 th Annual Chickamauga Chase. A lot has changed with this ... (click for more)