When the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office recently indicted fifty-four defendants on the violation of the Reckless Enterprise and Reckless Conspiracy laws of the State of Tennessee, it became readily apparent that the pool of attorneys who normally accept appointments in Criminal Court would be depleted. Several firms were conflicted out of handling some defendant’s cases because of prior representation of many of the accused.
Judge Tom Greenholtz called upon members of the Chattanooga Bar for volunteers to participate in the defense of the defendants in this high profile case.
Several law firms that normally do not practice criminal law quickly responded to the judges request and accepted appointments to represent the defendants to comply with the federal and Tennessee constitutional provision of providing legal counsel to indigent defendants at a much lower hourly rate than they normally charge in their civil practices.
Noticeably absent were the television advertisers who proudly boast their commitment to their clients and the legal profession in their commercials that permeate the media in our area on television, radio, billboards, Carta busses, websites, newspapers, etc.
I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!