Tennessee's prosecutors in 2014 will again push for serial child sex abuse suspects to be tried in a single case, as opposed to multiple cases when there are victims in different jurisdictions.
That was the top item in the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference's legislative priorities for 2014. The group, which lobbies on behalf of the state's prosecutors, listed six such items it plans to lobby for in the upcoming legislative session.
A bill to consolidate child sex abuse cases has already passed two committees, but wasn't funded in this year's state budget. It requires more action to become law.
Prosecutors in 2014 also want to:
• Add aggravated child neglect and attempted first-degree murder with serious bodily injury to the list of crimes that force convicts to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before they are eligible for parole
• Add additional prosecutors in districts with large caseload increases over the last eight years
• Force prosecutors and defense attorneys both to disclose lists of potential witnesses before trial
• Allow prosecutors to show photos of homicide victims at trial depicting them before they were killed
• Allow search warrants to be requested electronically