Latest Tennessee Attorney General's Office News

Attorney general: Mask mandates are legally defensible

Jul. 25, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general says mask mandates are constitutionally defensible in an opinion that comes as some county mayors have moved to enact the requirements. Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III wrote in an opinion Friday that for more than a century, the U.S. Supreme...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Byron Black. The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted a six-month delay in the execution to Byron Black, who was scheduled to die in October 2020. Black's attorneys had asked for a stay because of the difficulty of preparing an appeal. The execution was rescheduled for April 8, 2021. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee Supreme Court delays 2nd execution due to pandemic

Jun. 12, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay of execution for a second death row inmate because of the coronavirus pandemic. Byron Black's execution was scheduled for Oct. 8, but the court moved it to April 8, 2021. Attorneys for the 64-year-old Black had said the pandemic...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman attends a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Abdur'Rahman was scheduled to be executed in April, but last fall a judge resentenced him based on claims that prosecutors had illegally excluded African Americans from the jury pool. The attorney general appealed the resentencing, and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals heard arguments Tuesday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Court examines resentencing based on claim of racism

Jun. 9, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The fate of a black death row inmate in Tennessee, whose sentence was reduced to life in prison over concerns about racism at his trial, is up in the air after the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday heard an appeal of the sentence reduction. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman...