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September 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Thursday granted joint custody of seven frozen embryos to a divorced couple, overturning a landmark ruling that had granted custody to the ex-wife. Charles Clifford, attorney for the ex-husband, fell to his knees at the courthouse on seeing the opinion and said: "All right, thank you. Justice is done."
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April 23, 2012 | By David Ng
The ongoing legal battle surrounding Fisk University's Stieglitz art collection took a significant step toward a conclusion Monday when the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected an attempt to keep the artwork from moving out of Nashville. Fisk University has been trying to sell a 50% stake in the prized art collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum, founded by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton. The university has been experiencing financial difficulties and sought the sale to help it stay afloat.
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April 23, 2012 | By David Ng
The ongoing legal battle surrounding Fisk University's Stieglitz art collection took a significant step toward a conclusion Monday when the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected an attempt to keep the artwork from moving out of Nashville. Fisk University has been trying to sell a 50% stake in the prized art collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum, founded by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton. The university has been experiencing financial difficulties and sought the sale to help it stay afloat.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A man convicted of killing a Memphis police officer in 1981 was executed early Wednesday after a court rejected defense pleas for more time to examine newly revised execution protocols. Philip Workman, 53, whose execution had been delayed five times, became Tennessee's third person executed by lethal injection since 2000. The Tennessee Supreme Court rejected a final defense request for more time to challenge the way the state carried out its three-chemical injection procedure.
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October 12, 1999 | From Associated Press
The state Supreme Court issued a stay of execution Monday for a child rapist and murderer who was scheduled to be the first person executed in the state since 1960. The court ruled Robert Glen Coe needed more time to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a request to hear an appeal of his 1981 conviction for killing an 8-year-old girl in Greenfield. Coe was to die by injection on Oct. 19. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case last week.
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June 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
A divorced man has a right to block the use of seven embryos that a clinic froze for him and his ex-wife 3 1/2 years ago, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday. The five-member court said that there was little legal history on which to base its decision but that, based on privacy rights, Junior Lewis Davis should not be forced into fatherhood. After the Davises divorced, his former wife said she might have the embryos implanted.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A man convicted of killing a Memphis police officer in 1981 was executed early Wednesday after a court rejected defense pleas for more time to examine newly revised execution protocols. Philip Workman, 53, whose execution had been delayed five times, became Tennessee's third person executed by lethal injection since 2000. The Tennessee Supreme Court rejected a final defense request for more time to challenge the way the state carried out its three-chemical injection procedure.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2007 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Chinese immigrant couple should be reunited with their daughter almost eight years after she was placed in foster care with an American family. In a case that has prompted fierce debate about ethnic and cultural bias in the U.S. judicial system, the state high court unanimously overturned a 2004 decision by a Memphis judge who removed the parental rights of Jack and Casey He.
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November 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
A state appeals court Wednesday refused to return a 6-year-old Chinese girl to her biological parents, who put her in the custody of an American couple shortly after her birth. The 2-1 Tennessee Court of Appeals ruling upheld a lower court decision that took away the parental rights of Shaoqiang "Jack" He and Qin Luo "Casey" He to their first-born, Anna Mae.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2009 | David G. Savage
Paul House, a Tennessee death row inmate, was just one vote away from possible execution when a divided Supreme Court said three years ago that new DNA evidence called for reopening his case. The Tennessee Supreme Court already had rejected his appeals, as had the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2007 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Chinese immigrant couple should be reunited with their daughter almost eight years after she was placed in foster care with an American family. In a case that has prompted fierce debate about ethnic and cultural bias in the U.S. judicial system, the state high court unanimously overturned a 2004 decision by a Memphis judge who removed the parental rights of Jack and Casey He.
NEWS
October 12, 1999 | From Associated Press
The state Supreme Court issued a stay of execution Monday for a child rapist and murderer who was scheduled to be the first person executed in the state since 1960. The court ruled Robert Glen Coe needed more time to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a request to hear an appeal of his 1981 conviction for killing an 8-year-old girl in Greenfield. Coe was to die by injection on Oct. 19. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case last week.
NEWS
June 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
A divorced man has a right to block the use of seven embryos that a clinic froze for him and his ex-wife 3 1/2 years ago, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday. The five-member court said that there was little legal history on which to base its decision but that, based on privacy rights, Junior Lewis Davis should not be forced into fatherhood. After the Davises divorced, his former wife said she might have the embryos implanted.
NEWS
September 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Thursday granted joint custody of seven frozen embryos to a divorced couple, overturning a landmark ruling that had granted custody to the ex-wife. Charles Clifford, attorney for the ex-husband, fell to his knees at the courthouse on seeing the opinion and said: "All right, thank you. Justice is done."
NEWS
August 30, 1997 | From Associated Press
A Tennessee appeals court ruled Friday that James Earl Ray can continue trying to show that he didn't fire the bullet that killed the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Though the state Criminal Court of Appeals rejected a motion filed by prosecutors that would have stopped the effort, it did so on very narrow grounds and agreed that two Memphis judges have overstepped their authority in issuing orders in the case.
NEWS
February 16, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apparently anxious to overrule a 1987 decision that bars a victim's family from testifying against a convicted killer, the Supreme Court's conservative majority said Friday it will speed consideration of a Tennessee case in hopes of reversing the earlier ruling by July. Three liberal justices dissented, accusing their colleagues of an unseemly rush to judgment. At issue is whether a jury deciding the fate of a convicted killer can be told about the murder's impact on the victim's family.
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