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currm1

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I live in South Carolina, but have been subpoened by and for the state of Tennessee as a witness against the accused. This subpoena has been mailed on three different occasions(due to postponed dates)...am I required to go? I never signed for this subpoena, is it a legitimate subpoena? (this is a 1st Degree Murder case and reads "The State vs.defendent")
Thank-you for your help.
 


I AM ALWAYS LIABLE

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by currm1:
I live in South Carolina, but have been subpoened by and for the state of Tennessee as a witness against the accused. This subpoena has been mailed on three different occasions(due to postponed dates)...am I required to go? I never signed for this subpoena, is it a legitimate subpoena? (this is a 1st Degree Murder case and reads "The State vs.defendent")
Thank-you for your help.
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My response:

Unless you have "minimum contacts" such as a business, with Tennessee, that State has no jurisdiction within the borders of your State, and hence, no jurisdiction over you. However, if Tennessee is willing to pay your travel expenses and lodging, and you are a witness to the crime, then you may wish to consider the families involved, and do your civic duty. On the subpoena is the name and phone number of the D.A. Call that person to see what arrangements they are willing to make for you IN WRITING.

IAAL


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currm1

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by I AM ALWAYS LIABLE:

My response:

Unless you have "minimum contacts" such as a business, with Tennessee, that State has no jurisdiction within the borders of your State, and hence, no jurisdiction over you. However, if Tennessee is willing to pay your travel expenses and lodging, and you are a witness to the crime, then you may wish to consider the families involved, and do your civic duty. On the subpoena is the name and phone number of the D.A. Call that person to see what arrangements they are willing to make for you IN WRITING.

IAAL

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I want to thank-you for your time and thoughts on the matter...but I wanted to add that I did not actually "witness" a crime but am being subpoened as a character witness. I appreciate your opinion and will use when speaking with the DA in TN. At least now I feel a little more intelligible about my rights. Thank-you.
 

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