Latest Tennessee Supreme Court News

Tennessee inmate's execution paused again due to COVID-19

Jan. 5, 2021 6:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday hit pause again on a death row inmate's scheduled execution because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an order, the justices wrote that Oscar Smith’s execution, which was slated to happen Feb. 4, will be stayed pending the court's further...

Tennessee stops most in-person court hearings until Jan. 29

Dec. 23, 2020 4:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is halting most in-person state and local court proceedings for a month while the state battles one of the worst recent COVID-19 surges in the country. The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday that pauses all but a few types of in-person courtroom happenings...

Justices: Opioid lawsuit can proceed under drug dealer law

Dec. 18, 2020 12:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that opioid producers can be sued under the state's Drug Dealer Liability Act, allowing a lawsuit filed on behalf of children born dependent to opioids to move forward. The high court made the unanimous ruling Thursday, stating that the...

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 inmate’s execution put on hold due to COVID-19

Dec. 3, 2020 7:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday indefinitely postponed the execution of death row inmate Byron Black. In a brief order issued on Thursday, the court wrote that Black's execution is stayed pending a further order by the court “because of the multiple issues caused by...

Longtime Tennessee county judge to retire

Nov. 25, 2020 5:34 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Longtime Tennessee Chancery Court Judge Walter L. Evans is retiring at the end of November, court officials said. Evans has served as a chancery court judge in Shelby County for 22 years. He has presided over numerous high-profile cases, including some involving Memphis-based shipping...