TN Supreme Court responds to Stop Christian-Newsom Retrial petitions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) --The Tennessee Supreme Court responded to an online campaign to stop the retrials of the four defendants charged with the murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. The court has received over 16,000 emails, according to Tennessee Supreme Court spokesperson Laura Click.

"We certainly appreciate and understand the public's interest in these cases," she explained. "[H]owever, the Code of Judicial Conduct prevents the Supreme Court, or any judge, from considering ex parte communications as part of its decision making process."

"In other words, a judge cannot consider any communications made to the judge without the parties being present."

Click added that if and when the state appeals Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood's decision to grant the defendants new trials, the appellate court is bound to consider the appeal based solely on the facts and information of the case as they are described in the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure.

“The Code of Judicial Conduct also prohibits judges from commenting on any cases that may come before them," she said.

In November, Blackwood overturned the convictions of Letalvis Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the results of its investigation into former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner, finding that he was using prescription pain pills at the time of the trials.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

  • by lisa scofield Location: harriman tn on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:07 AM
    Not even right families have been through enough God be with them.a parent should never have to go through this especially twice.
  • by lisa scofield Location: harriman tn on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:06 AM
    Not even right families have been through enough God be with them.a parent should never have to go through this especially twice.
  • by Mike on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:42 AM
    I think all of their sentencing fits the crime except for the guy who got the death penalty. Totally hypocritical. I do believe in life without parole and some form of torture. PLEASE WITH THE NEW TRIALS I HOPE THIS CASE WILL GRAB LOTS OF MEDIA. This is the only way we are going to learn about travesties like this, and issues like race, etc...even though in my opinion this wasn't a hate crime, it was a crime of oppurtunity, prosecution never mentioned a hate crime either from what I remember.
  • by Jim Location: Nashville on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:02 AM
    The savagery of these animals is nauseating; there was no question of their guilt of this hideous crime. As animalistic as they are, they still received a fair trial. No retrial; it won't bring back those poor kids.
  • by Al Rosenberg Location: New Zealand on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM
    I watched every minute of all 4 trials and Judge B was absolutely professional and very careful in all of his decisions, usually erring on the side of the defense. The only time I noticed something was wrong was when the judge confused a name and seemed tired while reading jury instructions. Whatever happened behind the scenes had no bearing on the outcome of the trial. High or not, it doesnt matter - Judge B was very competent and professional. These thugs do not deserve a new trial.
  • by Surgery Location: Texas on Dec 28, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    Being a news junkie, it amazes me I missed this story originally here in Texas. Since getting wind of it in 2011, the videos, transcripts and various documents have been viewed and read. Why in the world was this sub-human crime not given national coverage? It seems the possibility of a second trial should be covered nationally considering the discombobulated circumstances. Tell ya what, ship the animals over here, we will handle the second trial for Tennessee. When we do cancer surgery, we remove all of it, not just a portion.
  • by Sterling Location: Knoxville on Dec 22, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    Its was not a hate crime it was a crime in which two people were killed. Do they deserve a retrial NO but by state laws that we call on to protect us. Now I do feel that they are being granted this new trial because of their race because we live in a Nation where we are scared to deal with the idea of race or racism.
  • by MELISSA Location: STRAWBERRY PLAINS on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:39 AM
    IF THERE IS NOT A STIFFER SENT. THAT THESE MONSTER CAN GET THAN WHATS THE USE, TORTURING THE REMAINING FAMILY'S LEFT? WHAT IS A JURY FOR IF NOT TO CONVICT? I KNOW THE JUDGE WAS ON DRUGS, BUT THE JURY WAS NOT---AND JUST THE EVIDENCE US LAY PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE GUILTY THEY ROLLED OVER ON EACH OTHER---LET IT STAND AND WASH OUR HANDS OF THE MONSTERS, AND LETS REMEMBER THE FAMILYS OF CHRISTIAN, & NEWSOM PRAY FOR THEM LIFT THEM UP AND SUPPORT THEM NOT GIVE THEM ANY MORE PAIN THAN THEY ARE ALREADY SUFFERING THRU! JESUS LOVES YOU♥
  • by sandra masengill Location: talbott tenn on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    me and my family watch that trial from day one and what their parents had to go through is awfull i saw them holding hands i saw them crying i saw their hearts breaking to hear what their kids had to go through day after day was evil. it is something like the charles mansons murders . the trial is over they should take them all and sentence them to death. it makes me sick to hear that the parents are going to have to listen to this again . i asked god to be with them and hold their hands and then i dont know if that will help. to the christian NEWSON mother and fathers i am thinking of you all and i will keep you all in my prayers .. AMEN
  • by Betty Location: Johnson City on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    How could a judge overturn the verdict of those 4 people that took the lives of those 2 young kids. They have been tried by and convicted by a jury. Let a panel of judges go over the sentencing and decide if that was fair. Their trial is over. Take them all back and sentence them all to death. That is what they should have gotten in the first place. Why is it that the evil ones are always the ones that win out in the judicial system?
  • Page:

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2015 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 135934793 - local8now.com/a?a=135934793
Gray Television, Inc.