Opinion Flash

July 23, 2003
Volume 9 — Number 131

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JENNIFER CHANTE BURNETT v. CHRISTOPHER JOHN BURNETT

Court:TCA

Attorneys:                          

Jerrold L. Becker, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellant Jennifer
Chante Burnett.

D. Vance Martin, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellee Christopher
John Burnett.

Judge: SWINEY

First Paragraph:

Jennifer Chante Burnett ("Mother") filed a Complaint for Absolute
Divorce seeking a divorce from Christopher John Burnett ("Father") and
requesting to be designated as the primary residential parent of the
parties' minor daughter.  Father filed an answer and counterclaim
wherein he also sought a divorce and to be the primary residential
parent.  After a trial, the Trial Court determined it was in the best
interests of the minor child for Father to be the primary residential
parent, and entered judgment accordingly.  Mother appeals, claiming
the Trial Court failed to consider all relevant factors when making
its custody determination and that the Trial Court's conclusion with
regard to custody was intended to punish Mother and reward Father.  We
affirm the judgment of the Trial Court.

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

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. PHYLLIS HINES

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:                          

Edward Cantrell Miller, District Public Defender; and Micaela Burnham,
Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, Phyllis Hines.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Braden H. Boucek,
Assistant Attorney General; Al C. Schmutzer, Jr., District Attorney
General; and Steven R. Hawkins, Assistant District Attorney General,
for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: RILEY

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Phyllis Hines, pled guilty to two counts of simple
assault, a Class A misdemeanor. The Sevier County trial court imposed
consecutive sentences of eleven months and twenty-nine days for each
count of assault.  It then ordered the defendant to serve the first
eleven-month and twenty- nine-day sentence at 75% in confinement
followed by probation.  On appeal, the defendant contends the trial
court erred in imposing confinement.  We affirm the judgments of the
trial court.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/hinesphyllis.wpd

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