Judge: State law taking power from DAs is unconstitutional

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 18, 2023 6:54 AM CT | Published: July 17, 2023 2:06 PM CT

A local judge declared a new state law unconstitutional Monday. The law, signed in April, takes away power from local district attorneys to represent the state in some death penalty cases when the sentence is challenged.


tennessee constitution Judge Paula Skahan Shelby County District Attorney General Steve Mulroy
Aarron Fleming

Aarron Fleming

Aarron Fleming covers Memphis and Shelby County’s court system and is a member of The Daily Memphian’s public safety reporting team. He formerly covered education and earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of Memphis.

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