TSC Rejects Request For New Trial 20 Years After Rape Conviction

In an appeal from Shelby County Criminal Court, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a prisoner’s request for a new trial more than 20 years after his original conviction for aggravated rape. In 2016, prisoner Tommy Nunley filed a coram nobis petition, claiming there was new information to prove he was not guilty of the rape he was convicted of in 1998. The Supreme Court held that trial courts may summarily dismiss coram nobis petitions that do not show sufficient facts on their face, without discovery or an evidentiary hearing. Justice Holly Kirby authored the unanimous opinion.

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