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Nashville plans to conduct an in-depth analysis of the fines and fees associated with its criminal justice system.

The announcement comes in the midst of a national push to overhaul the criminal justice system’s reliance on court and jail fees. One that advocates say is an antiquated system that disproportionately impacts poor and minority citizens.  

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A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to reinstate driver's licenses for more than 146,000 Tennesseans who lost them because they couldn't pay their court fees.

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Some courthouses in Tennessee will soon have a special laptop computer and printer in their lobbies, called “court kiosks.” They're designed to help those who can’t afford — or choose not to hire — a lawyer, and are representing themselves in civil cases.

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Poor Tennesseans who find themselves in the justice system could be about to get some more legal help, as the state Supreme Court has approved a plan meant to improve Tennessee's system of indigent representation.

But, justices say, the proposal is going to require some help from the governor and state lawmakers.

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Over the last five years, 250,000 Tennesseans have lost the right to drive legally. That’s the result of an uncommon state law that makes license suspensions mandatory if drivers can’t afford to pay court fees and traffic fines. A new lawsuit accuses the state of violating the constitutional rights of low income Tennesseans.

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A Tennessee appeals court says a Williamson County judge was wrong to reject a transgender teen's petition to change his legal name.

The judge had apparently determined that the teen and his parents failed to make the case for the name change. But in a ruling released Tuesday, a three-judge panel declared there was plenty of evidence for it.

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Mother. Father. Husband. Wife.

What do words like that mean in the context of same-sex marriage?

Tennessee lawmakers say they should mean what they have in the past, and that has LGBT rights groups worried.

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Judge Casey Moreland was arrested at his home this morning after the FBI accused him of trying to "obstruct justice through bribery and witness tampering." A U.S. attorney announced the news at a press conference Tuesday morning. 

The formal complaint filed against Moreland is explicit, detailing allegations that he had sexual relationships with at least two women in what seemed to be an exchange for getting them out of criminal charges and unpaid court fees.

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Nashville's local ordinance that lightened the penalties for marijuana possession are close to being overturned.

Tennessee lawmakers say it's potentially discriminatory.

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Democrat or Republican? Soon voters in Davidson County might not be told when they go to elect judges.

Republicans argue that'll make the judiciary less biased. But Democrats question their motives.

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