Covenant School Shooter Manifesto To Be Turned Over For Judge To Review

May 10, 2023 | Political News

Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) is being court ordered to hand over The Covenant School shooter’s writings for judicial review.

After a lawsuit was filed May 1st by by James Hammond, former sheriff for Hamilton County, Tennessee, and the Tennessee Firearms Association – in cooperation with Judicial Watch – MNPD announced a delay in the “close review/preparation process for the public release of written material” regarding the manifesto.

MNPD was advised by legal counsel to “hold in abeyance the release of records” in light of that lawsuit but must now turn over unredacted copies of the documents in question by noon on Friday for Chancellor I’Ashea L. Myles to review privately in what is known as a camera review.  The writings will be sent to Myles on a rolling basis at her request.

Two meetings have also been scheduled, moving the legal process forward. The first is a status conference, to be held at 1pm on May 18th. The second is a show cause hearing on June 18th, also at 1pm. At that hearing, MNPD will have an opportunity to put forth an argument explaining why the court should not release the records to the plaintiffs.