Judge John Everett Williams to Speak

Judge John Everett Williams, a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, will be the guest speaker at Bethel University on Friday, Sept. 17 as part of the school’s celebration of Constitution Day.
     Williams was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in November 1998, and was elected for his most recent term in August 2006. Williams, a resident of Huntingdon, is currently serving an eight-year term.
     The Court of Criminal Appeals was created by the legislature in 1967 to hear trial court appeals in felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as post-conviction petitions. The Tennessee General Assembly increased the membership of the court from nine to 12 on Sept. 1, 1996. The members sit monthly in panels of three in Jackson, Knoxville and Nashville. They may also meet in other places as necessary.
     All Court of Criminal Appeals decisions may be appealed to the state Supreme Court by permission, except in capital cases, which are appealed automatically. No witnesses, juries or testimonies are present in the Court of Criminal Appeals. Instead, attorneys present oral and written arguments.
     Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
     Bethel’s Constitution Day celebration will be held in the Oasis in the Marrs-Stockton Student Center at 2 p.m.