Leland L. Price
Knox County Criminal Court
Division III Candidate
B.A. with highest honors from David Lipscomb University 1992
J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School 1996
Assistant District Attorney General, Knox County, 1997 – present
Associate, Walston, Wells, Stabler & Bains, Birmingham, AL, 1996 - 1997
Member, Board of Governors, Knoxville Bar Association
Member, Knoxville Bar Association
Member, Tennessee Bar Association
Former Line Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation
Veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom, United States Army
Member, Arlington Church of Christ
Former JAG Officer, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Knoxville, TN
Past Commander and current member, American Legion Post 2, Knoxville, TN
Vice-President, Knoxville Kiwanis Club
Member, Board of Directors, Knoxville Area Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (KAPPI)
Member, Leadership Knoxville Class of 2012
Youth Soccer Coach, AYSO Region 337, Knoxville, TN
Tell us about your practice concentration.
I have served Knox County as a criminal prosecutor for the past 16 years. My first assignment at the D.A.'s office was in the felony drug unit, prosecuting individuals in sessions and criminal courts charged with dealing drugs. Later, I worked in the child abuse unit, prosecuting cases of physical and sexual abuse of children.
In 2004, I deployed to Iraq with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment serving as administrative law officer. My legal duties in Iraq included adjudicating civilian claims under the federal foreign claims act, reviewing detainee packets for legal sufficiency, and providing advice to commanders.
Upon my return, I became the supervising prosecutor for Knox County Criminal Court Division I, handling a wide variety of cases ranging from shoplifting to murder.
I also serve as a capital litigation specialist for the D.A.'s office. In that role, I have handled numerous post-trial hearings involving death penalty defendants. In 2007, Assistant District Attorney Ta Kisha Fitzgerald and I prosecuted a series of high profile capital murder cases arising from the tragic January 2007 murders of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian. The trials concluded in May 2013 and are currently on appeal.
What attributes do you possess that make you qualified for this position?
Should the people of Knox County elect me, I intend to honor their trust by maintaining the highest standard of conduct while working diligently to promote fairness and justice in our legal system. My integrity, experience, and temperament make me uniquely qualified to accomplish this task.
Claims of integrity are sometimes easy to make. Instead, I would defer to those who have dealt with me on either side of the criminal bar over the years. I am confident they will say that my reputation for fairness and integrity is well deserved.
As a seasoned trial attorney with extensive experience handling demanding and high profile death penalty cases, I will be ready for the job the day I am sworn in. I look forward to working with all those involved in our criminal courts in making the courts the best they can be.
The right temperament is an essential ingredient to being an effective judge. My patience, desire for fairness, and strong work ethic will be important assets on the bench. Professional courtesy and respect will be extended to all members of the bar who appear in my courtroom.
Candidate Phone Number: (865) 548-7188