Opinion FlashJuly 23, 2003
Volume 9 Number 131
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Howard H. Vogel
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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