Latest Tennessee Supreme Court News

Court clears path for long-blocked Tennessee school vouchers

May. 18, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's highest court ruled Wednesday that Republican Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program does not violate the state's constitution, clearing the biggest hurdle for a program that would let families use taxpayer dollars on private schools. The...

Tennessee Attorney General Slatery won't seek another term

May. 11, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, the first Republican to hold the office since Reconstruction, says he will not seek another eight-year term as the state's top legal counsel. Slatery, 70, announced his decision Tuesday in a letter to the Tennessee...

Lawyer: Let legislature decide if suicide cancels conviction

Apr. 18, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments about a little-known rule that canceled the conviction of a white man who killed himself shortly after the start of his life sentence for killing a Black man. Arguments recently filed by Kenneth...

State high court won't hear inmate appeal as execution looms

Apr. 18, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of an inmate facing execution this week who sought to have his case reopened after an unknown person’s DNA was found on one of the murder weapons. The one-sentence order comes as the state...

Appeals court denies death row inmate request to reopen case

Apr. 15, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An appellate court has denied a Tennessee death row inmate's request to reopen his case after unknown DNA was found. The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled late Thursday that Oscar Smith, 71, "has not presented new scientific evidence establishing...

Tennessee inmate seeks execution halt over DNA evidence

Apr. 14, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to vacate his execution date so that an appeals court could review new evidence in his case. Oscar Smith, 71, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection April 21. He was convicted of...

Tennessee high court reinstates new state Senate districts

Apr. 13, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated the new state Senate map drawn up by Republicans this year in redistricting, ruling that a lower panel of judges didn't properly consider how blocking the map and extending the candidate filing deadline would harm...