October 12, 1999 |
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.
June 2, 1992 |
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.
May 10, 2007 |
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.
January 24, 2007 |
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.
November 24, 2005 |
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.
August 30, 1997 |
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.