Novembe 1, 2000
Volume 6 -- Number 179

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This Issue (IN THIS ORDER):
 
00 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
01 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Court of Appeals
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
02 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Attorney General (PDF format)
00 New Judicial Ethics Opinion(s)
00 New Formal Ethics Opinion(s) from the Board of Professional Responsibility
 

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Lucian T. Pera
Editor-in-Chief, TBALink

CITY OF CHATTANOOGA v. KEVIN DAVIS
WITH DISSENTING OPINION

Court:TCA

Attorneys: 

Jerry H. Summers, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Kevin
Davis.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter, and Peter M. Coughlan,
Assistant Attorney General, for the intervening party, State of
Tennessee.                         

Judge: FRITZ

First Paragraph:

The defendant was found guilty of violating a city ordinance
proscribing reckless driving.  A Chattanooga city court judge imposed
a "penalty" of $300.  On his appeal to the Hamilton County Criminal
Court, the defendant was again found guilty, but this time his
punishment was set at $50.  The trial court went further and
permanently enjoined the City of Chattanooga from "imposing or trying
to collect" fines or penalties in excess of $50 for ordinance
violations.  The trial court also declared the state statutes and city
ordinance providing for the assessment of penalties up to $500 for
such violations to be unconstitutional and/or invalid.  We affirm the
trial court's imposition of a $50 fine.  We reverse the judgment of
court declaring the statutes and city ordinance unconstitutional
and/or invalid. We further reverse the judgment of the court enjoining
the City from collecting fines or penalties in excess of $50.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/davisk_opn.wpd


DISSENTING OPINION
http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/davisk_dis.wpd


Local Education - Personnel; Compensation; Conflict of Interest Date: October 31, 2000 Opinion Number: 00-168 http://www.tba.org/tba_files/AG/OP168.pdf
Title to real property conveyed for use as a site for a new public library Date: October 31, 2000 Opinion Number: 00-169 http://www.tba.org/tba_files/AG/OP169.pdf

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