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We are a lawfirm who believes in educating the public about the legal system, updates on crime and courts, and news updates regarding the justice and court systems.  We provide you with the latest news on crime and courts accross the country.  We believe this will enable you to learn the latest happening around you. This is why we publish this website, updating it with news we think will interest you.

Unlike most firms, we want to make sure the news is understandable, entertaining and informative.  We welcome your feedback on any post that we make on this site. We also are posting legal forms for your use (we do advise that you get a lawyer when possible).  We also provide updated information on judges, jury veridcts, statutory changes and results in cases handled by our firm and others.  We hope this site will educate and inform you. From the layman's law dictionary to crime and courts, we will do our best to keep updating this site daily. Just click on the TN Attorny link to learn more about lawyers working with our law firm.


817 Broad Street, Second Floor Chattanooga Tennessee 37402 Phone 423-756-3646. We have offices in Chattanooga and Nashville covering the states of Tennessee, Georiga and Alabama.

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Our firm members include:

Stuart F. James

W. Gerald Tidwell

W. Adam Izell


Latest News

December 31, 2012

Firm Seeks United States Supreme Court Petitiion in Tri State Crematory CasesBy: James, Goins, Carpenter & Tidwell Stuart James, on behalf of T Ray Brent Marsh, has filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. The Petition seeks a review of issues involving the invocation of the Fifth Amendment privilege during a civil trial proceeding. The petition is currently pending for action by the United States Supreme Court.

December 31, 2012
Bradley County deputy lawsuit: Firing was politically motivatedBy: James Goins Carpenter & Tidwell W. Gerald Tidwell of the firm is representing a former Bradley County Deputy in a lawsuit alleging the Deputy was fired for political reasons relating to his support for a Sheriff's candidate.

March 27, 2012
OFF TO THE RACES! A FEW INSIGHTS INTO THE SUPREME COURT ARGUMENTS OVER HEALTH CARE REFORM!By: B. Allen Bradford We're off to the races! Supreme Court oral arguments have begun regarding constitutionality of the health care reform law. “Oral argument” is when lawyers on both sides (and some specially appointed by the Court) debate the pro’s and con’s of a case that’s been appealed to the Court.  First up today was the relatively obscure but very important question: may the Court even make a decision at this time? Click here to read a Washington Post article on the issue.