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Mark Fulks Talks with The Tennessean About Judge's Order to Reopen Refugee's Case

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In her order reopening a case involving a Burmese immigrant, Nashville Criminal Court Judge Cheryl Blackburn said that the state did not fulfill its role to defend convictions because prosecutors agreed with defense attorneys that the case should be reopened even before going before a judge.

In this article in The Tennessean, Mark Fulks said the law that dictates how cases should be reopened is read by some to say that prosecutors are obligated to defend the past convictions, but he said prosecutors are also obligated to pursue justice, not necessarily get the toughest punishments.

"District attorneys would say we have prosecutorial discretion, we see there's a constitutional error we're entitled to take steps to correct it," Mr. Fulks said.

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