Sykes named state court administrator

Elizabeth (Libby) Sykes has been named director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Sykes had been serving as acting director since former director Randy Camp resigned in August. Prior to Camp's resignation, she served as deputy director. As court administrator, Sykes will oversee a staff of 80 and manage a $100 million budget for trial and appellate courts statewide. Learn more by reading the court's press release:

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Emma Rae Tennent, Assistant Public Defender, on trial and Amy Harwell, Assistant Public Defender, at hearing, for the appellant, Edith Gillman.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, District Attorney General; and Jason Ponder, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

The appellant, Edith Mae Gillman, a.k.a. Edith Joyce Gillman, a.k.a. Joyce Collins, pled guilty to one count of rape. Under the terms of her plea bargain, the appellant accepted an eight-year suspended sentence with twelve years of probation. As a condition to this probation, she agreed to undergo psycho-sexual evaluation and sex-offender treatment, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-706. The appellant's probation officer took out a probation violation warrant on the grounds that the appellant had failed to comply with court-ordered sex-offender treatment. The trial court revoked the appellant's probation and ordered her entire eight year sentence into effect. The appellant appeals the trial court's decision to revoke her probation and the trial court's order placing her entire suspended sentence into effect. Because the appellant was not on notice that admitting her guilt was a condition of compliance with the treatment program, and therefore of her probation, we reverse the judgment of the trial court.


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