NASHVILLE, TN – In response to today’s decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in The Tennessean, et al. v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, et al., counsel for Jane Doe, Ed Yarbrough and Alex Little, have released the following statement:
“We are pleased by today’s decision. It provides a commonsense solution to most of the problems posed by The Tennessean’s ill-conceived effort to publish evidence in a pending criminal case. We argued that courts should protect the confidentiality of crime victims, and this decision helps accomplish that goal. But the nature and scope of victims’ rights in Tennessee remain unclear, and our client was disappointed that the Court avoided these critical questions. Crime victims in Tennessee should be able to pursue justice without subjecting themselves to abuse, intimidation, and harassment. To the extent this decision helps victims do so, it is an important step forward.”
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