Court Grants Review to 1 Civil, 3 Criminal Cases

The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted review in three criminal cases and a single civil matter. The criminal issues include (1) whether a trial attorney is ineffective for telling a defendant only that he “may or may not be deported” as part of a plea bargain; (2) whether a prosecutor’s closing argument that the defendant should “Just tell us where you were” constituted an improper comment on the defendant’s post-arrest silence; and (3) whether a defendant committed burglary when he obtained permission to enter a habitation through deception. The civil case addresses a jail’s liability to an inmate who was injured by another inmate after he was erroneously left in jail following a court order for his release. The Raybin-Perky Hot List discusses these cases and predicts possible results.