Seattle lawyer in line to be ABA president

The American Bar Association announced today that Seattle lawyer William H. Neukom has been nominated to become president-elect of the American Bar Association. The ABA House of Delegates will vote on his nomination in August at the 2006 ABA Annual Meeting in Honolulu. If elected, Neukom will serve as ABA president-elect until the close of the ABA Annual Meeting in August 2007, at which time he will become president for a one-year term. Boston attorney Michael S. Greco is the current president. Denver attorney Karen J. Mathis, who is president-elect, will take office as president in August.
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SUPREME COURT DISCRETIONARY APPEALS

Court: TSC

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC/2006/certlist_021306.pdf


SHANNON WILSON v. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Shannon Wilson, Henning, TN, pro se

Paul G.Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, MichaelB. Schwegler, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, TN

Judge: HIGHERS

Following his convictions for two disciplinary infractions, the prisoner filed a pro se petition fora common law writ of certiorari in the chancery court. While he attempted to verify the petition by stating that it constituted his first application for such writ and that its contents were true andcorrect to the best of his knowledge, the prisoner failed to swear to the contents of the petition under oath by having the petition notarized. The Tennessee Department of Correction moved todismiss the petition for its lack of a proper verification and for being filed beyond the applicable statute of limitations. The trial court granted the state’s motion on both grounds. The prisonerfiled a pro se appeal to this Court. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/wilsons_021306.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SHIRLEY A. RUDD

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

James T. Powell, Union City, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Shirley A. Rudd.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Seth P. Kestner, Assistant Attorney General;Thomas A. Thomas, District Attorney General; and Kevin McAlpin Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

The Defendant, Shirley A. Rudd, was convicted by an Obion County jury of sale of a controlledsubstance. On appeal, the Defendant asserts that: (1) the trial court erred when it did not declare a mistrial because two witnesses made improper and prejudicial statements about theDefendant’s prior bad acts; (2) there was insufficient evidence to support her conviction; and (3) the trial court erred when it denied the Defendant’s counsel the right to question a witness abouther motive for testifying. Finding that there exists no reversible error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/ruddsa_021306.pdf


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