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.


Hamilton County Register Of Deeds Releases New Title Search Software Named Quick Search

Hamilton County Tennessee Register of Deeds, Pam Hurst created the software rules and Programmer, Bobby Deberry developed the new Quick Search software. It was released on Tuesday. The training session was held on the release date in the Hamilton County Commission Room. 160 attorneys, title examiners, surveyors, and government representatives attended. Quick Search is an easy ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Drove Car Toward Officer Now Facing Federal Gun Charge

A Chattanooga man who drove a car toward a city police officer last year is now facing federal charges. Andre Shaune "Hollywood" Grier, who has a lengthy criminal record, was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In the incident in March 2016, police went to the parking lot of Food City on Highway 58 on reports of four children abandoned inside a vehicle. ... (click for more)

Scrutinizing Defense And Other Public Spending Is Right Thing To Do

I saw in the news today where U.S. senators were investigating and scrutinizing an Army "debacle," which has already spent $6 billion on a communications system developed by a defense contractor (WIN-T) that is virtually ineffective in use.   This is on top of a recent Navy scandal (Fat Leonard Scandal) where several current and former Navy admirals were sentenced to prison ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)

Meigs Co. Stays Alive With 8-2 Win Over Summertown

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  – The Meigs County Lady Tigers aren’t used to having to come from behind, but that was the case here at the Starplex Field No. 4 Friday morning. The defending Class A state champs had dropped a tough 2-1 loss to Forrest in the winners bracket semifinal on Thursday, but the Lady Tigers came back later that day with a 7-1 victory over Jackson Christian. ... (click for more)

Lennex Walker Wins Four Events For CSAS In State Track

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – There were no team championships to celebrate in the TSSAA Girls State Track Meet here at Dean A Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium Thursday, but there were a whole bunch of individuals who came through with sterling performances and positive results to finish another season with. Perhaps the most sensational performance came from Lennex Walker, that talented ... (click for more)