Tennessee Supreme Court hears firearms, personal injury arguments at Lipscomb

Tennessee Supreme Court hears firearms, personal injury arguments at Lipscomb

Tennessee Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments involving felons possessing firearms and personal injury  judgments Thursday morning while officially holding court in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Lipscomb hosted the session as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State, which according to its website is a “nonpartisan program, centered on citizenship, teamwork, and fostering a love of God and country.” Oral arguments have been heard by Girls State participants since 2011, as part of the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students. According to the Tennessee Supreme Court website, this SCALES program is “designed to educate students about the judicial branch of government” and allow them to watch the Supreme Court in action. Supreme Court justices Jeffrey S. Bivins, Cornelia A. Clark, Holly Kirby, Sharon G. Lee and Rodger A. Page convened for the first case hearing at 8:30 a.m. The first case involved a ruling regarding felons in possession of a firearm. According to the Tennessee Supreme Court Website, the court “has asked the parties to address whether the trial court erred in denying Mr. Cole-Pugh’s [the defendent] oral request for a necessity instruction” regarding exception to the law.  The Court also reviewed a personal injury case in which the defendant’s insurance company sought a declaratory judgment, asking the Supreme Court to determine “whether persons asserting claims against the insured are considered indispensable parties under Tennessee law and whether non-joinder of parties asserting claims against an insured deprives the trial court of subject matter jurisdiction.” After hearing the oral arguments from both the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney, the court held a recess and opened up the floor to questions from citizens and Girls State participants to...