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Court: TSC


Denty Cheatham and Rose Palermo, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Shari Katherine Langhi Broadbent

Thomas F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Robert Kendall Broadbent


This appeal involves the trial court’s award of alimony in solido to the wife. The trial court compared the parties’ relative responsibility for the loss of wife’s separate assets, which the husband had invested in the stock market and aggressively traded. The trial court concluded that the wife was 30% responsible for the loss of her separate funds and that the husband was 70% responsible for her loss. Using these percentages, the trial court ordered the husband to pay $51,500 in alimony in solido. We conclude that it was proper for the trial court to consider the husband’s participation in the loss of the wife’s separate assets in awarding alimony. The trial court’s allocation of responsibility for this loss, although expressed in percentages of “comparative fault” rather than relative fault, was not error. Accordingly, we hold that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in awarding $51,500 in alimony in solido to the wife.


Court: TCCA


Robert Brooks, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jacques Sherron

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia A. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; Garry G. Brown, District Attorney General; and Jerald Campbell, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: SMITH

The appellant, Jacques Sherron, was convicted by a jury of criminal responsibility for introducing a controlled substance into a penal institution, conspiracy to introduce a controlled substance into a penal facility, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver. The appellant received an effective sentence of ten years on March 18, 2005. The appellant filed a pro se notice of appeal on April 6, 2005. On July 1, 2005, trial counsel for the appellant filed a motion for new trial alleging that the evidence was insufficient, that the verdict was based on circumstantial evidence and that the appellant’s sentence was excessive. The appellant subsequently filed a motion in this Court requesting dismissal of his appeal without prejudice due to the fact that the trial court had not yet ruled on the motion for new trial. This Court denied the motion. The appellant filed an amended pro se motion for new trial. The trial court held a hearing on the motion for new trial on September 14, 2005, at which time the appellant filed a third amended motion for new trial. The trial court denied relief, and the appellant filed a second notice of appeal on September 14, 2005. On appeal, the following issues are presented for our review: (1) whether the conspiracy charge should have been dismissed for failure to state a crime; (2) whether the evidence was sufficient to support the verdict; and (3) whether the trial court committed plain error in failing to give an accomplice instruction to the jury. For the following reasons, we reverse and dismiss the conspiracy conviction, and affirm the conviction for introducing a controlled substance into a penal facility.


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