Group Of State Prosecutors Supporting Retention Of 3 Supreme Court Justices

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Several Tennessee prosecutors have signed on to an effort to retain three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who are facing a retention election.

They said they "have joined forces to oppose efforts to politicize our courts while noting that our current Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld almost 90 percent of death penalty cases."

Serving as statewide spokesperson is Tom P. Thompson Jr. of the 15th Judicial District, Tennessee’s longest-serving district attorney general at 37 years – possibly making him the nation’s longest-serving record-holder. He is currently running unopposed for another eight-year term serving Wilson, Smith, Macon, Jackson and Trousdale Counties.

He said, “As a district attorney, I may not agree with them on every single case but I know this: I understand that all three of these justices are fair, they are impartial, they protect our rights under our Tennessee and U.S. Constitutions, and these justices are tough on criminals.

 “That is all I need to know. All three of these justices should be retained.

”I understand that some prosecutors may not agree with every decision made by this court. It is an adversarial system, and these justices have had to make some tough calls, but the fact is these justices and this court have upheld almost 90 percent of death penalty cases. They are not soft on crime. These justices have had outstanding records and deserve to be retained.”

Prosecutors joining DA Thompson to support retention efforts include:

- Dan Alsobrooks, District Attorney of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties - Berkeley Bell, District Attorney of Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, and Hawkins County - Mike Bottoms, District Attorney of Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne Counties - Garry Brown, District Attorney of Crockett, Gibson and Haywood Counties - John Carney, District Attorney of Montgomery and Robertson Counties - Dave Clark, District Attorney of Anderson County
  - James Dunn, District Attorney of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier Counties - John Gill, Former U.S. Attorney of Knoxville who served under President Reagan at the recommendation of U.S. Senator Howard Baker - Torry Johnson, District Attorney of Metro Davidson County - Hansel McCadams, District Attorney of Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry Counties - Randy Nichols, District Attorney of Knox County - Greeley Wells, Retired District Attorney of Sullivan County - Bill Whitesell, District Attorney of Cannon and Rutherford Counties.


County Commission Extends Terms Of Magistrates Randy Russell, Sharetta Smith

The County Commission on Wednesday gave one-year contract extensions to Randy Russell and Sharetta Smith. The commission was also set to continue Mr. Russell as the chief magistrate. However, commissioners said other magistrates should have the right to apply. That vote was postponed until next week. The chief magistrate makes $5,000 more than the other three magistrates ... (click for more)

AUDIO: County Commission Meeting 05/04/16

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)

Johnson Homers Twice As Baylor Beats Silverdale, 4-2

There’s nothing more fun than covering a softball game featuring two outstanding teams, ones who can get clutch hits, pitch through tough situations and even make spectacular defensive plays when the game is on the line. That was the case at Silverdale Tuesday afternoon where the Lady Seahawks were hosting the Baylor Lady Red Raiders. Silverdale had gone to Baylor on April ... (click for more)

Bradley Beats West, 8-1, To Wrap Up Impressive Regular Season

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Bradley Central wrapped up its regular season on Tuesday with an 8-1 non-district baseball victory over Knoxville West at Toby McKenzie Baseball Complex. In their final tune-up for the District 5-3A tournament that starts on Wednesday at Cleveland High School, the Bears improved to 23-6 and rode the five-hit pitching of Jacob Moses (3-2) to the impressive win ... (click for more)