Court to Hear 3 Criminal, 3 Civil Cases

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently granted review to three criminal and three civil cases. The criminal cases address consecutive sentencing and two variations of the admissibility of confessions recorded by civilians who are acting as agents of the government to “get the truth” from the accused regarding alleged sexual abuse of the civilians’ relatives. The civil cases concern life insurance disbursements, the “two dismissals” rule and whether summary judgment is appropriate on statutory interpretation in a declaratory action. The Raybin-Perky Hot List examines the new cases and predicts how each will be decided.