Friday, March 12, 2010

Support Your Local Sheriff

Tennesseans need to get it right on the constitutional powers of our county Sheriffs:

It is rather sad that Tennessee has need of an amendment to clarify the duties of an office which has existed in this State since before it joined the Union, and which duties have long been established in the common law of this State, and to a lesser degree the common law of the United States. The unfortunate reality is that some counties have diminished the powers of the Sheriff either by making the false assumption that a charter or metropolitan form of government trumps the State Constitution, or that because their county has a long-established custom of the Sheriff not doing much, that the Sheriff is not, in fact, the chief enforcer of the law within any given county.

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