Fighting the Law

Source: The Pamphleteer
by Davis Hunt

“There’s a talking point being distributed that’s not new, but I expect to hear it more often as the General Assembly starts moving through and authoring bills. It appeared this morning in a Tennessee Lookout story on a proposed constitutional amendment put forth by Cameron Sexton, which would give judges more leeway to hold defendants without bail on a greater variety of violent crimes such as child rape. … Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City Memphis and a critic of the amendment quoted in the article, notes that judges can already set unaffordable bail in certain circumstances and says it’s unnecessary. Maybe he has a point. I don’t know. Whatever the case, what stuck out to me most were Spickler’s comments on how to reduce violent crime — more money for K-12 and food programs, expanding Medicaid, and common sense gun reform.” (02/08/24)