Tennessee eases requirements for search warrants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee may have an easier time in obtaining search warrants under a new law that prosecutors say will make the process more flexible.

The law allows more room for errors in warrants in criminal cases, a move that concerns defense attorneys.

Jeff Henry, executive director of the Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference, said the new law means there is "less recognition of individual rights."

Nashville District Attorney Tony Johnson told The Tennessean said the measure brings "a little bit more common-sense approach" to warrants.

Lawmakers around the country are loosening and sometimes eliminating requirements for search warrants.

------

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 122826559 - local8now.com/a?a=122826559