Last week’s ruling from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in the Kenneth Bartley case wasn’t news- so to speak. What it was and still is disruptive and upsetting.
Pleas are meant to bring closure and allow people to move forward.
Bartley’s plea has done nothing of the sort. Instead it has been a legal volleyball from the moment it was entered.
Seated in the jury box that day watching the 15- year- old Bartley agree he was guilty of fatally shooting Ken Bruce and wounding Jim Pierce and Gary Seals, I was concerned.