Con Law for Nurse Legislators

Tennessee Sen. Rosalind Kurita has a new idea:

Defense attorneys would be banned from advertising their expertise with drunken driving cases under a bill advancing in the Senate.

Sen. Rosalind Kurita, a Clarksville Democrat, successfully added the provision to a bill that would create an online registry of repeat DUI offenders in Tennessee.

Kurita says officials have a hard enough time convicting drunken drivers without lawyers advertising their expertise in the field and offering discounts to DUI defendants.

Hat tip to Rick Davis.

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  • Taktix®||

    It's finally, officially gone beyond sex offenders. I think it's time for me to buy my first gun.

  • MikeB||

    It's finally, officially gone beyond sex offenders. I think it's time for me to buy my first gun.

    Aren't they working on a registry for that also...

  • ||

    Kurita says officials have a hard enough time convicting drunken drivers without lawyers advertising their expertise in the field and offering discounts to DUI defendants.

    And the accused having access to competent representation would just make it worse. We can't have people ably defended, can we?

  • Episiarch||

    It's finally, officially gone beyond sex offenders.

    People's hunger for someone to feel morally superior to, and enjoy the punishment of, is bottomless.

  • MikeB||

    It is sad how they eliminate constitutional protection to convict DUI offenders these days.

    Key evidence is not retained for the trial as the only evidence is the testomony reguarding the hard evidence. The right against self incrimination is punished. Warrentless searches are allowed. Some states have even eliminated the right to a jury trial.

    I suggest that the arresting officer be allowed the drop the defendant off at the state prison and dispense with the charad.

  • Zeb||

    What is with this trend of registries for various types of crimes? I think the sex offender one is bad enough, but you can see some possible benefits to it, I suppose. But registries for meth dealers or DUIs? What good does that do for anyone? Or what harm does it prevent?

  • Dello||

    And to think, being a lawyer used to pay pretty good.

  • Bingo||

    Taktix: I like to think thats what the Economic Stimulus check was intended for ;)

  • ||

    Take the next train out of Clarksville, Rosalind. I'll see you off at the station.

  • ||

    The ad restriction appears to be "restraint of trade". I don't see the point of the registry unless it's to encourage spying on your "alkie" neighbor. If you're on the road and see someone repetitively driving recklessly, you can call the cops.

  • Tym||

    Kurita says officials have a hard enough time convicting drunken drivers without lawyers advertising their expertise in the field and offering discounts to DUI defendants.

    The job of the law is to protect defendants, not make prosecutors jobs easier.

    While she's at it, why not just shoot suspects on the spot.

  • ||

    I'd call her moron, but in Tennessee alleging that comparatively lofty status is probably considered a compliment.

  • ||

    Is she a moron? Her voters probably agree with that position.

    Are the people who vote for her morons?

    Probably. Although it's possible they just don't care about liberty.

  • Jason||

    Henry,

    Hey, hey! Let's not take geographical pot shots!

  • RSDavis||

    J Sub D said:And the accused having access to competent representation would just make it worse. We can't have people ably defended, can we?

    Wow, I said almost the exact same thing on my blog...

    - Rick

  • ||

    It has long been the unstated public policy in NJ that neither the constiution, nor due process, nor the rules of evidence, nor common sense, nor the right to confront witnesses, nor the right to jury trial, shall deter the state from convicting DUI defendants.

  • Abdul||

    It wasn't so long ago that almost all advertising was banned by the legal profession. Bluestocking law nerds still look down upon the enterprising lawyers who are bold enough to go on TV and pledge to fight for your driver's license.

  • Naga Sadow||

    Abdul,

    I can't remember where I read it but in Atlanta, there was lawyer who advertised on television with the nickname, "The Hammer".

    Don't be a victim! Send in the "The Hammer" to get your money!

  • Abdul||

    there was lawyer who advertised on television with the nickname, "The Hammer".

    We watched his commercials in my Legal Ethics class as an example of what not to do.

  • Blue||

    @Taktix%C2%AE

    Gun owners, actually conceal and carry permit holders for TN are databased already. http://tinyurl.com/5b8lv4

    The full database is available to the public.

  • ||

    We had Jim "The Hammer" Shapiro ads in upstate NY as well ... "Sure I'm an SOB...but I'm your SOB!" was his tagline. Our fearless leaders in the state legislature took care of this about a year ago by passing a law banning lawyers from using nicknames (?!) in their ads.

    Recently I've seen the nickname ads start appearing again, so I'm assuming that law got repealed or the lawyers found a loophole.

  • ||

    Naga,

    This may be "The Hammer" you're thinking of.

  • ||

    Recently I've seen the nickname ads start appearing again, so I'm assuming that law got repealed or the lawyers found a loophole.

    Easily done. Just change your legal name to Jim The Hammer Shapiro.

  • ||

    Anything that helps the cops keep the drunks off the road is inherintly a good thing, I'm all for it. Drunk driving is one of the worst violent ofenses out there.

  • ||

    Since 95% of accidents and 90% of deaths are caused by SOBER drivers maybe we should penalize them just as harshly.Speeding and inattentive driving are the biggest causes.Can you imagine 2000$ in fines and costs for a speeding ticket or talking on a cell phone.Then we can all be safe.

  • ||

    It speaks volumes about your character when, in the search to find someone morally inferior to you, you need to go after child molesters and drunk drivers.

  • ||

    Welcome back, Juanita.

  • ||

    This story is from The Onion, right? Right?

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