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7 11, 2007

Ronald Teel, et al. v. Riley Darnell, et al.

2017-03-28T06:53:52-05:00 November 7th, 2007|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

(No. 1:07-cv-0027, United State District Court of Eastern Tennessee, Judge Curtis Collier) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Chris Varner, Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott, PLLC. (Direct Representation) Plaintiffs: Ronald Teel, Leone [...]

3 08, 2007

Lowery, et al. v. Euverard, et al.

2016-07-11T16:00:28-05:00 August 3rd, 2007|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

(No. 06-6172, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Barbara Moss and Sam Zeigler, Stites and Harbison (Amicus Representation). The Student Press Law Center and the [...]

27 09, 2006

John and Jane Doe v. Wilson County School System

2016-07-11T16:01:15-05:00 September 27th, 2006|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , |

(No. 3:06-0924, United State District Court of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Division, Judge Robert Echols) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Edmund J. Schmidt, III, Law Offices of David Randolph Smith& Edmund J. Schmidt, [...]

25 08, 2006

State of Tennessee v. Richard Taylor

2016-07-11T16:04:14-05:00 August 25th, 2006|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

(No. M2005-1941-CCA-R3-DD Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Circuit Court for Williamson County, Judge Russ Heldman) Plaintiff Representation: Cassandra Stubbs, ACLU Capital Punishment Project; Kelly A. Gleason, Tennessee Post-Conviction Defender Office [...]

21 04, 2005

American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, et al. v. Darnell, et al.

2016-07-11T16:06:57-05:00 April 21st, 2005|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , |

(Case No. 05-1010-IV, Chancery Court for Davidson County, Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle and Case No. M2006–00460–SC–RDM–CV, Supreme Court of Tennessee at Nashville, Chief Justice William M. Barker delivered the opinion of the court, [...]

14 07, 1992

Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee (PPMT) et al v. Sundquist et al

2016-07-06T11:54:35-05:00 July 14th, 1992|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

(92C-1672, Circuit Court for Davidson County) (01A01-9601-CV-00052, Court of Appeals of Tennessee) (01S01-9902-CV-00034, Supreme Court of Tennessee) ACLU Attorneys/Cooperating Attorneys: Barry Friedman, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; Irwin Venick, Dobbins & [...]

10 05, 1990

McDaniel v. Hackett

2016-07-06T11:38:23-05:00 May 10th, 1990|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

(Case No. 90-2315-TUB; United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Judge Jerome Turner) ACLU Cooperating Attorneys: Bruce S. Kramer, Borod & Kramer, P.C.; Richard B. Fields, Attorney at Law [...]