Bill To Be Introduced Requiring Mandatory 12-Hour Jail "Cooling Off" Period For Those Charged With Domestic Violence

Thursday, June 19, 2014

State Rep. William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today announced sponsorship and support of legislation that will be filed next year to require domestic abuse suspects to remain in jail for 12 hours following an arrest, with no exceptions. Currently, the 12-hour “cooling off period” can be waived by a judge.

“This is a very simple change to the law, but it will protect countless victims who have been abused and then potentially subjected to their attacker again before the 12-hour cooling off period,” said Rep. Lamberth, an attorney. “It is vitally important that our domestic abuse laws are strong, and we work to eliminate possible loopholes that can threaten the safety of a victim. I look forward to the legislature making this a priority in January.”

 The announcement of the legislation follows news of a case in Nashville this week where David Chase, a local contractor, was arrested for domestic abuse. After only three hours in jail, Nashville Judge Casey Moreland agreed to release Chase, who returned to his home and attacked his girlfriend again.

“This is a devastating case, and my heart goes out to the victim,” said Speaker Harwell, who announced her support of Lamberth’s legislation. “This is a tragedy that could have been prevented, and the actions by Judge Moreland are unacceptable. This simple change to the statute can better protect abuse victims, and ensure that their lives are not at risk immediately after reporting an assault.”

Speaker Harwell has also this week re-appointed Rep. Lamberth to serve on the Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council, which is charged with developing model policies and training curriculums for law enforcement agencies, the courts, and intervention programs. 

Rep. Lamberth has drafted a copy of the legislation, which cannot be filed until November, after the general election.



Bradley County Authorities Hold Active Shooter Drill

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Fire Department, Bradley County Fire and Rescue, Bradley County 911 Communications Center, and Bradley County Emergency Management Agency took part in an active shooter exercise early this morning at Bradley Central High School to evaluate tactics and technologies for responding to and containing rapidly escalating shooting incidents. ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKRIDGE, JOEY DAWONE  3717 MARK TWAIN CIRCLE CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Chatt. Housing Authority CONTEMPT OF COURT (NON SUPPORT) --- ARRAHMAAN, SHAREEF RAHIM  2311 EAST 14TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 31 years old Arresting Agency: ... (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)

Stoker, Tate Prevail In 50th Chickamauga Chase 15K

(Story will be updated) 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 ... (click for more)

CSAS Clinches 5A Regular Season Soccer Title In PK Shootout

  In a match for the top seed in the district tournament, CSAS and Signal Mountain both came out fighting hard for the win.  The game flowed back and forth with both teams having their own chances at goal but both defenses stood strong in the end for a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation.     Signal's defense, led by seniors Max Gray and Leon Menge, proved ... (click for more)