Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Johnthony Walker, appearing next to his attorney, Amanda B. Dunn, requested a continuation of his court date to December 15, 2016. All parties agreed to this date change. Walker's new date is set for December 15, 2016 in the General Sessions Court of Judge Lila Statom.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The horror of the bus crash in Chattanooga yesterday fills my heart with grief. I cannot begin to imagine how so many families will recover. I hope and pray that all our systems will respond appropriately so that justice and healing can eventually occur.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Washington Post (story link below) tallied three new states as amongst those states that have added their weight behind the collective effort for marijuana legalization. California, Nevada, and Massachusetts have now given their stamp of approval to recreational marijuana and in other disturbing news: Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota have given approval for medical Marijuana initiatives. Voters in Montana pushed-back the current restrictions on medical marijuana to round-out the evening as a victory for pot.
Friday, November 4, 2016
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CORRIN KATHLEEN REYNOLDS
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
1) The Governor says, WAIT for more data before considering joining the experiment;
2)More babies are being born with marijuana in their system, which is harmful to the developing brain. Their mothers indicate they did not know it was a problem for the baby;
3)Marijuana effects brain development up to about age 30;
4) The black market and organized crime are thriving;
5) Most Colorado counties have voted to ban marijuana production. The biggest producer is Pueblo County. There is a ballott measure in that county this year to ban production there.
Watch the story at:
to see and understand how frustrating it is for law enforcement officers, who want to be able to do more to save lives on our roadways, but can't due to budgets. When I was the DUI Prosecutor in Chattanooga back in 2000, there was an active DUI unit in both the Chattanooga police department and the Hamilton County Sheriff's office. There were about four officers in each agency looking for impaired drivers during prime times on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
They were so effective and our DA's office was so effective, that impaired people started looking for other ways to get home from bars that did not involve driving. Officers were having a hard time finding impaired drivers, because the word had spread in the bars that the likelihood of getting caught and convicted was very high.
Now, things have regressed. Drinkers will not change behavior if they don't fear getting caught. People die when impaired drivers far outweigh the number of officers on the road.