Opinion FlashMay 8, 2002
Volume 8 Number 80
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Howard H. Vogel
DONNA J. (FINKS) BUNKER v. ROGER FINKS Court:TCA Attorneys: Catherine M. White, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Roger Finks. Leslie B. McWilliams, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Donna J. (Finks) Bunker. Judge: SWINEY First Paragraph: Donna J. (Finks) Bunker ("Mother") and Roger Finks ("Father") were divorced in Ohio in 1993. The parties had two minor children. Mother and the children relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Father stayed in Ohio. The Ohio Divorce Decree was brought properly before the Tennessee Trial Court. Father filed a petition seeking a change of custody and visitation, while Mother filed a cross-petition seeking an increase in child support. The Trial Court found that while Father proved a material change in circumstances, he failed to carry his burden of showing that a change of custody was warranted. The Trial Court also restricted Father's visitation with the children to take place only in Chattanooga. The Trial Court did not increase Father's child support obligation. Both Father and Mother raise issues on appeal. Father's issues on appeal concern custody and visitation, primarily of the parties' younger child ("Younger Child"). We affirm, as modified, and remand. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/bunkerdj.wpd
JOHN WAYNE SLATE, SR. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE Court:TCCA Attorneys: Edward C. Miller, Dandridge, Tennessee, for the appellee, John Wayne Slate, Sr. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; Al Schmutzer, Jr., District Attorney General; and Steven R. Hawkins and Charles Atchley, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WELLES First Paragraph: The Defendant, John Wayne Slate, Sr., appeals the trial court's summary dismissal of his second petition for post-conviction relief. The Defendant contends the trial court improperly dismissed his petition for post-conviction relief without an evidentiary hearing. We affirm the trial court's dismissal of the petition. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/slatejw.wpd
CALVIN LEE SNEED v. STATE OF TENNESSEE Court:TCCA Attorneys: Calvin Lee Sneed, Wartburg, Tennessee, Pro Se. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Thomas E. Williams, III, Assistant Attorney General; James Michael Taylor, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: TIPTON First Paragraph: The petitioner, Calvin Lee Sneed, appeals the Rhea County Circuit Court's dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief from a 1995 conviction for first degree premeditated murder. The trial court concluded that the petition failed to state a colorable claim. See Tenn. Code Ann. S 40-30- 206(f). The petitioner contends that his petition states colorable claims and that the trial court erred in dismissing the petition without the appointment of counsel or an evidentiary hearing. We agree and remand the case to the trial court for the appointment of counsel. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/sneedcl.wpd
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