Tag Archives: crime

TCOG’s Gibson quoted on efforts by Tennessee courts to shield sex crime victims’ names

From the AP:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee appeals court is increasing efforts to shield the identities of adult victims of sex crimes.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has had a policy in place for years to use initials in place of names in opinions published online. These opinions can go into graphic detail about the sexual abuse of women and children.


DA says he won’t release autopsy report on slain Monroe Co. election commissioner

From the AP, via MyFoxHouston:

On Friday, District Attorney General Steve Bebb sent a press release saying he had obtained a copy of the full autopsy that afternoon. But he declined to release it right away.

“Due to the nature of the investigation there are facts that cannot and should not be released at this time,” he wrote. “It would be unfortunate if an investigation into the death of a citizen was compromised by the untimely release of information.”

File folder artwork from business-clipart.com.

TCOG weighs in on Monroe Co. autopsy report left in limbo

TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted by the Knoxville News-Sentinel on the repeated delays in granting access to the autopsy report in a high-profile homicide investigation — that of Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller:

“And there is a deadline of seven days to respond,” said Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. “That deadline was put in there to stop such shenanigans as (simply ignoring a request).”

TCOG speaks out on Murfreesboro police records closure

Murfreesboro Police tried to cut off access to many police reports but later backpedalled. TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted on the matter.

From the Daily News Journal:

Frank Gibson of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, though, said the potential for abuse by the Murfreesboro Police Department if the measures are re-implemented is high.”It appears the MPD is overreaching and trying to protect information that doesn’t at all deserve protection,” he said. “The public has a right to know every time a crime is reported.”

Don’t forget to follow TCOG on Twitter at @TNOpenGovt to keep up with all the latest TCOG news.