Bredesen files suit over judicial selection process

At the request of Gov. Phil Bredesen, the state attorney general today filed suit against the Judicial Selection Commission in the ongoing Tennessee Supreme Court judicial selection saga, the Nashville Post reports. At issue in the suit, filed in Davidson County Chancery Court, is whether the selection commission gave Bredesen a "full slate of nominees" when it resubmitted the name of Covington attorney J. Houston Gordon for consideration in a second slate of nominees.

Attorney General Paul Summers also today asked the Commission for its guidance on whether it wants to seek separate legal representation in the case. In a news release, Summers said his office has a duty to represent all state agencies in litigation of this nature, but "because my office has initiated the suit on behalf of the Governor against the Commission ... the question arises whether the Commission will require separate legal representation in the case."
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Court: TCCA


Kari I. Weber and Julie K. Pillow, Assistant Public Defenders, Somerville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Marques Lanier Bonds, AKA "Mark."

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General; and Tracey A. Brewer-Walker, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: J.C. MCLIN

The defendant, Marques Lanier Bonds, AKA "Mark," was convicted by a Lauderdale County jury of attempted second-degree murder, reckless aggravated assault, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to an effective term of twelve years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, he challenges: (1) the trial court's denial of his motion in limine regarding testimony of his prior incarceration; (2) the sufficiency of the convicting evidence; (3) the trial court's acceptance of the jury's verdict; and (4) the sentence imposed by the trial court. Following our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we modify the judgments of the trial court to reflect the merger of the defendant's aggravated assault conviction into his attempted second-degree murder conviction and his reckless endangerment conviction into his reckless aggravated assault conviction and affirm the trial court's judgments in all other respects.


Court: TCCA


Lowe Finney, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jimmy Bernard Clark.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry Woodall, District Attorney General; and Jody Pickens, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Jimmy Bernard Clark, was convicted by a Madison County jury of attempted aggravated burglary, a Class D felony. Following a sentencing hearing, the Defendant received a twelve-year sentence as a career offender. On appeal, he argues that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress a statement made to the police and that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction. After a review of the record, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Willie Calvin Taylor, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney GeneraC. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: J.C. MCLIN

The petitioner, Willie Calvin Taylor, appeals the dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief by the Dyer County Circuit Court. The circuit court dismissed the petition, finding that the petitioner had filed his petition outside the one year statute of limitations period. After review, we affirm the dismissal of the petition.


Court: TCCA


Britton J. Allan, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Colico Walls.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Theresa McCusker, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The petitioner, Colico Walls, was convicted by a jury of attempted aggravated robbery. His conviction was affirmed on appeal by this Court. See State v. Colico Walls, No. W2000-03008- R3-CD, 2001 WL 1381261 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Jackson, Nov. 7, 2001). The petitioner filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief. After counsel was appointed to represent the petitioner, three amended petitions were filed. The post-conviction court denied post-conviction relief after an evidentiary hearing. The petitioner appeals the judgment of the post-conviction court. We affirm the denial of post-conviction relief.


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