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Parents accuse Memphis-area Scout leader of sex crimes with son

The Boy Scouts' motto is "be prepared." Law enforcement officials say a former Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother should be prepared to spend time behind bars if she is convicted on charges of sexual indecency with a child and child pornography.

Sentencing change would make defense more important in rape cases

Being accused of rape is about as serious as legal hardship gets. The potential sentencing in the case of a Tennessee sex crime conviction is daunting enough. But there is also the stigma that accompanies even just a whisper of a rape allegation against you. 

What are the laws about internet solicitation of a minor in TN?

The internet has become as common a part of most of our lives as coffee for breakfast. We use the internet to stay in touch with friends and family, store our valuable memories, direct us to new places and even track our calorie consumption. 

Another factor that can create false eyewitness testimony

We have recently discussed how biological factors such as limits to vision can impact the reliability of eyewitness testimony. As if that human limit were not enough to put the reliance on the type of evidence into question, there is at least one more significant threat to the accuracy of a witness' account of an incident. 

TN rape case brings up reliance on witnesses vs. science, pt. 1

What are 31 years of your life worth? We ask because a Tennessee man spent that much time in prison for a crime that he didn't commit. He was accused and convicted of rape when he was a young man, age 22. After growing more than three decades older in prison, the man was freed due to DNA evidence.

Tennessee rape case takes on wider social media questions

While many of us use social media on an everyday basis, the ethics of social media in terms of its role in criminal law remain somewhat of a mystery. A Tennessee case wherein UT football players are accused of rape is bringing this gray area to public light.

What are other types of sex crimes charges in Tennessee?

We outlined some basic definitions of some Tennessee sex crimes in a previous post. There are various other charges of sex offenses that someone can face, though. This post will outline a couple more of those offenses and what constitutes such crimes. 

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