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Matthews avoids jail, gets probation for posting child porn

Local talk show host Thaddeus Matthews was granted probation by a criminal court judge Friday, avoiding jail time for charges stemming from an image of child pornography posted on his Facebook page in 2012. → Read More

Former Bolton high teacher pleads guilty to sexual battery

A former Bolton High teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual battery by an authority figure after admitting he had a two-month long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. → Read More

Man pleads guilty to food-stamp, day-care fraud

Remark Chism pleaded guilty in Federal Court Wednesday to stealing nearly $2.9 million from the U.S. government through an organized, two-year scheme of food stamp and day care subsidy fraud. → Read More

Compromise plea leaves lots unknown about East Memphis murder

Sat, 21 Feb 09 (mdmverdict3) Photo by Mike MAPLE (FOR SALE) A jury found Noura Jackson guilty of second degree murder Saturday for the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson. Cindy Jackson Eidson, the victims sister, left, embraces prosecutor Amy Weirich after the verdict was read Saturday. → Read More

East Memphis squatter sentenced to 20 more years

A woman convicted of theft and burglary for squatting in an East Memphis mansion in 2013 was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday. → Read More

Police officer robbed, assaulted in Downtown Memphis

A Memphis police officer who attempted to intervene when he saw a man roughly forcing a woman into a car was robbed and beaten in Downtown Memphis early Sunday morning, according to police. → Read More

Southwest Tennessee Community College selects new president

Southwest Tennessee Community College could soon have a new president if the Tennessee Board of Regents approves the candidate selected by the college out of 65 applicants and four finalists. → Read More

Noura Jackson expected to plead guilty

Noura Jackson, who had been awaiting a retrial in the 2005 stabbing death of her mother, is expected to plead guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge today and possibly be freed soon. → Read More

Jury selected for retrial of accused serial killer charged in murder of Bartlett couple

A jury was selected Tuesday in the retrial of suspected serial killer and former Tennessee death row inmate Henry Lee Jones, whose conviction for the brutal 2003 slayings of an elderly Bartlett couple was overturned last year. → Read More

Wife tells jury about brutal attack by her husband

The worst part about being attacked by her husband, Virginia Halliburton testified Wednesday, was not the countless stitches, head trauma, or partially missing finger that left her hospitalized for days after. → Read More

Alleged thief of Elton John glasses indicted

A Cordova man who allegedly stole a pair of Elton John’s glasses from the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in April was indicted Monday on felony theft charges. → Read More

16 people associated with local gang indicted on federal drug charges

More than a dozen people associated with or belonging to a Memphis street gang were indicted Wednesday on federal drug charges, according to U.S. Atty. Ed Stanton’s office. → Read More

Cordova man sentenced for filing false tax returns

A Cordova man was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison this week for filing $161,000 in false tax returns, according to U.S. Atty. Ed Stanton’s office. → Read More

Mother who fatally stabbed her two children was insane at the time, judge rules

A Memphis woman who stabbed her two young children to death in 2013 because “evil voices” commanded her to harm them was found not guilty by reason of insanity Friday after a Criminal Court hearing that had to be temporarily halted when she began cursing and throwing things at the victims’ father and paternal grandmother in the gallery. → Read More

East Memphis mansion squatter guilty of theft, burglary

Tabitha Gentry, who was accused of squatting in a $3 million east Memphis mansion in 2013, was found guilty Thursday of theft and burglary charges after a contentious three-day trial in which she was ejected from the courtroom twice for her many outbursts. → Read More

Former MPD officer found not guilty of sexual battery

A former Memphis police officer accused of sexual battery during a 2014 traffic stop was acquitted on all charges Thursday by a Criminal Court jury. → Read More

Trial begins for alleged East Memphis squatter

At the start of her trial Tuesday, a woman arrested two years ago for allegedly squatting in a $3 million East Memphis mansion calmly told a Criminal Court judge that she did not recognize his authority or the jury’s and that she will not assist her court-appointed attorney in mounting a defense. → Read More

For suspect in child's slaying, a cycle of arrests and probation

A week after a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed while playing in her front yard, the public outcry for justice has grown to include a demand for answers as to how the suspected shooters could have remained on the street despite a long history of arrests. → Read More

Matthews plans to plead to lesser charge

Local radio personality Thaddeus Matthews said he was planning to plead guilty Tuesday to tampering with a criminal investigation, a lesser charge than was originally filed by investigators after Matthews posted an image of child pornography on his Facebook page in 2012. → Read More

Suicides challenge legal community

Reaching out for help can be strange and challenging for attorneys who spend their lives working to solve other people’s problems. But suicide prevention advocates are encouraging Tennessee lawyers to ask for help in light of consistently high suicide rates and a rash of recent deaths. → Read More