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VOL. 123 | NO. 45 | Wednesday, March 05, 2008

AG Says Measure to Ban Plea Bargains for DUIs is Unconstitutional

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The state attorney general says a proposal to ban prosecutors from offering plea bargains in drunken driving cases would violate the state constitution.

Attorney General Bob Cooper says the Tennessee Constitution prohibits the General Assembly from interfering with the discretion of district attorneys.

The measure is sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers, a Mt. Juliet Republican, and state Rep. Tom DuBois, a Columbia Republican.

Read SB3040 on the General Assembly's Web site at: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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