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Since 2012, Nashville has spent $547,000 dollars dealing with alleged police misconduct, records show. That includes judgments and settlements. But the District Attorney’s recent take on the fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons by Metro officer Joshua Lippert could open the department to more lawsuits.

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Rutherford County is going to have to stop its policy of arresting and detaining children accused of minor crimes, at least for the time being. A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction in favor of a lawsuit that claims the county has spent years unlawfully detaining juveniles.   

In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw said Rutherford County is depriving juveniles of their rights. He ordered that the county bring in an outside party to determine whether minors should be detained until a court appearance.  


Judge Casey Moreland was arrested at his home this morning after the FBI accused him of trying to "obstruct justice through bribery and witness tampering." A U.S. attorney announced the news at a press conference Tuesday morning. 

The formal complaint filed against Moreland is explicit, detailing allegations that he had sexual relationships with at least two women in what seemed to be an exchange for getting them out of criminal charges and unpaid court fees.

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After last month’s fatal police shooting, there’s been a groundswell of demand to equip Nashville police with body cameras. But the implementation is tricky. How is the footage stored, and for how long?

Gideons Army Driving While Black
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In October, a group of Nashville activists stood on the steps of City Hall to announce findings of racial disparities in local policing and to demand changes to how traffic stops are conducted. Now they’ll get the chance to show the Metro Council exactly what they found by analyzing 82,000 traffic stops from the past five years.

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More than a decade has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the so-called “sodomy” laws that made it criminal to engage in homosexual sex — and even longer since Tennessee took that step.

Yet traces of those prosecutions linger, with charges logged in court files and subject to background searches. In Nashville, that includes convictions against 41 men from the 1980s and 90s.

Gideon's Army Rasheedat Fetuga Driving While Black
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Nashville police stop black drivers more often than whites. And they push to search the vehicles of black drivers more regularly, despite incriminating evidence being found more often in the possession of white drivers.

Those are among findings from a citizen coalition that says it now has statistical proof of racial profiling and police harassment in poor Nashville neighborhoods. The group has asked the Department of Justice to investigate and crafted 11 demands for change from leaders with Metro and the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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The American Civil Liberties Union and the libertarian Beacon Center of Tennessee are teaming up on criminal justice reform.

The project, which they are calling Tennessee Coalition for Sensible Justice, will bring together a pair of strange bedfellows, who say they're going to press state lawmakers on practices they say are unfair to the poor.

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Gov. Bill Haslam hopes to avoid calling a special session to fix the state's drunk driving laws, but he says the possibility of losing $60 million if Tennessee doesn't might just force him to do so.

The problem is the state's limit for blood alcohol content for 18- to 20-year-olds. Federal highway authorities say it has to be .02, but Tennessee lawmakers raised it to .08 earlier this year.

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Six years after he was let out of a Tennessee prison, a Wilson County man still hasn't been officially declared innocent.

Now a state lawmaker is getting involved. He says the case illustrates how hard it is for people who've been wrongfully convicted to receive justice.