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Court: TSC


J. Russell Pryor, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Benjamin B. Bobadilla.T. Wood Smith, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Sheila Bobadilla.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General;Elizabeth T. Ryan, Assistant Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: BIRCH

We accepted review of this cause under the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 11, inorder to address a question properly preserved and certified pursuant to the provisions of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 37(b)(2). The question, as certified, is: “Whetherthe search warrant and accompanying affidavit that led to the search of the defendant’s residence violated the United States and Tennessee Constitutions as well as Tennessee Rule ofCriminal Procedure 41(c), so as to render all of the evidence seized pursuant thereto, illegal and inadmissible.” In our painstaking review of the record, we have determined that the search warrant was notissued in accordance with the requirements of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure, specifically Rule 41(c). Thus, we hold the search conducted pursuant to the warrantunreasonable and the evidence obtained as a result inadmissible. Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals, affirming the trial court’s judgment on other grounds is reversed,and the indictment in this case is dismissed.



Court: TSC


Robert G. Ingrum, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Sunil Kawatra.

Alan Dale Johnson, Alfred H. Knight, Mary Arline Evans, and Tyree Bryson Harris IV, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Neelam Mantri Kawatra.


This case involves a petition to relocate pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 36-6-108 (2001). To determine whether the parties in a relocation case are spending substantially equal intervals of time with their child, the “time actually spent” with each parent should be computed in units of a day. The number of days to be credited to each parent should be based upon an examination of the residential schedule, additional time not reflected in the residential schedule, and adjustments for any violations to the residential schedule. To allocate a day for which both parents claim credit, the trial court should examine the hours that each parent actually spent with the child on that day, the activities in which each parent participated with the child, the resources that each parent expended on the child’s behalf, and any other factor that the trial court considers to be relevant. After careful consideration of the record, we conclude that the parties were not spending substantially equal intervals of time with the child. Because the mother was spending a greater amount of time with the child, she should be permitted to relocate with the child pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 36-6-108(d) (2001). Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed as modified, and the case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.


Court: TCA


Gregory Norman, Jamestown, Tennessee, appellant, Pro Se.

Linda J. Hamilton Mowles, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Thomas C. Coleman, Jr.


Former client appeals summary judgment dismissing his malpractice claim against former attorney and refusal of trial judge hearing malpractice case by interchange to grant recusal request. We affirm the trial court on both issues.


Court: TCA


Byron C. Wells, Memphis, TN, pro se

Brian L. Kuhn, Shelby County Attorney, Memphis, TN, for Appellees


In this appeal, we are asked to determine multiple issues including whether the chancery court erred when it granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. The plaintiff contends that there were numerous claims made in his complaint sufficient to survive defendants’ motion to dismiss. The plaintiff, acting pro se, filed an appeal to this Court. We affirm in part and reverse in part and remand.


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