June 01, 1999
Volume 5 -- Number 075

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04 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers' Compensation Panel
00 New Document(s) or Proposed Rule(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Court of Appeals
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00 New Judicial Ethics Opinion(s)
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DEBORAH LORRAINE BROOKS
VS.
RICKEY LAMAR BROOKS

Court:TSC

Attorneys:                          
For the Appellant:                  For the Appellee:

Barrett T. Painter                  D. Michell Bryant
Cleveland, Tennessee                Cleveland, Tennessee

Judge:BARKER

First Paragraph:

We granted this appeal to determine whether the Court of Appeals and the
trial court erred in their determinations of the amount of child support
to be paid by the child's father.  Although both the trial court and the
Court of Appeals determined that the total monthly payment should be
increased from four hundred dollars ($400.00) to six hundred fifty
dollars ($650.00), each court reached its conclusion upon different
reasons.  We conclude that both courts erred and that the base amount of
child support should have been $1,241.00 per month.  In addition, Mr.
Brooks shall pay the child's private education expenses per the parties
agreement.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/Brooksdl_opn.WP6



DISSENTING OPINION: http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/Brooksd_dis.WP6
STATE OF TENNESSEE VS. GEORGE LANGFORD Court:TSC Attorneys: FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT: FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE: W. MARK WARD JOHN KNOX WALKUP Assistant Shelby County Attorney General & Reporter Public Defender Memphis MICHAEL E. MOORE Solicitor General A. C. WHARTON, JR. Shelby County Public Defender ELIZABETH T. RYAN Memphis Assistant Attorney General Nashville Judge:HOLDER First Paragraph: We granted this appeal to decide whether: (1) the evidence was sufficient to convict the defendant of aggravated burglary and felony murder committed during the perpetration of an aggravated burglary; and (2) the trial court erred in failing to instruct the jury as to criminal trespass. We hold that the evidence was sufficient to convict the defendant and that the trial court did not err in failing to instruct the jury on criminal trespass. Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals affirming the defendant's convictions is affirmed. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/Langford_opn.WP6
STATE OF TENNESSEE VS. RAY L. TAYLOR Court:TSC Attorneys: FOR APPELLANT: FOR APPELLEE: MARK A. MESLER PAUL G. SUMMERS Memphis Attorney General and Reporter MICHAEL E. MOORE Solicitor General MICHAEL J. FAHEY, II Assistant Attorney General Nashville Judge:HOLDER First Paragraph: We granted this appeal to decide whether a defendant's credibility may be impeached by reference to a prior conviction for a "felony involving dishonesty." We hold that the trial court erred in ruling that the State could impeach the defendant by asking him whether he had been convicted of any "felonies involving dishonesty." We hold, however, that the error was harmless. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/Tayloray_opn.WP6

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