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Donald Paine Collection Regarding State v. Scarborough

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3516

This collection houses Donald Paine's research materials regarding State v. Scarborough. It features transcripts of the 2006 trial, one of the victim's original statements from 1997, opinions from the Knox County Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, and several news articles about the trial from the Knoxville News Sentinel. It also houses Paine's personal notes regarding the victims, his correspondence and interviews, Scarborough's criminal history, an announcement about the case from the Knoxville Police Department, several photographs showing the trial, and materials from Paine's presentation about the case at the Knoxville Bar Association's April 8, 2010 Lunch and Learn.

Dates

  • 1997 June 4-2010 April 8, undated
  • Majority of material found within 2006 - 2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses Donald Paine's research materials regarding State v. Scarborough. It features transcripts of the 2006 trial, one of the victim's original statements from 1997, opinions from the Knox County Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, and several news articles about the trial from the Knoxville News Sentinel. It also houses Paine's personal notes regarding the victims, his correspondence and interviews, Scarborough's criminal history, an announcement about the case from the Knoxville Police Department, several photographs showing the trial, and materials from Paine's presentation about the case at the Knoxville Bar Association's April 8, 2010 Lunch and Learn.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bruce Warren Scarborough (b. July 2, 1956), also known as the UT Rapist, committed a series of rapes near the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1997. He made an effort to disguise his identity, covering his victims' eyes and attacking them in the dark. In 2002, the Knoxville Police Department received notice that there was a DNA match linking Scarborough to the years-old case. At the time, Scarborough was already serving a jail sentence. After the 2006 trial in which the jury found Scarborough guilty and sentenced him to 120 years in prison, one of the victims, Karen Rutenber Alderman, chose to publish her name and speak out about her story. The defendant appealed the verdict, which the Knox County Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld.

Donald Franklin Paine was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1939. He earned his B.A. (1961), M.A. (1963), and LL.B. (1963) from the University of Tennessee. Immediately after graduation, Paine served in the Army as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He was discharged in 1966 and returned to Tennessee, where he authored the Tennessee Law of Evidence (1974). Paine practiced law with Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers in addition to researching Tennessee's legal history. He was a Reporter to the Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Rules of Practice and Procedure, wrote a monthly column for the Tennessee Bar Journal, and lectured for the Tennessee Law Institute, the University of Tennessee College of Law, and the Tennessee Judicial Conference. Paine also served as President of the Knoxville Bar Association (1983) and of the Tennessee Bar Association (1986-1987).

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480