House leadership set; Senate chairs to be named next week

The first, eventful week of the organizational session of the 105th General Assembly has ended, with both houses adjourning to return next Friday for the inauguration of Gov. Phil Bredesen on Jan. 20. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) said today that he would not announce committee assignments until next Friday.

Speaker Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington) announced House committee and chair assigments: Fifth-term lawyer/legislator Rep. Rob Briley (D- Nashville), Judiciary; Rep Charles Curtiss (D- Sparta), Commerce; Smithville lawyer Rep. Frank Buck (D-Dowelltown), Conservation; Rep. Mike McDonald (D-Portland), Consumer and Employee Affairs; and banker/lawyer/legislator Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D- Ripley), Finance Ways and Means.

See the rest of the House committee lineup on the General Assembly web site. Choose House, then Committees to see the full membership of each.

http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/

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CITIFINANCIAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC. v. AUGUSTUS BEASLEY, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Sheila L. Robinson-Beasley, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellants, Augustus Beasley and Sheila Robinson-Beasley

Jason S. Mangrum and Katherine Kellogg Kuhn, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, CitiFinancial Mortgage Company, Inc.

Judge: FARMER

Appellants Augustus and Sheila Beasley (the Beasleys) seek to challenge the denial of their request to appeal an adverse unlawful detainer judgment to circuit court and to set aside the foreclosure of their residence. Specifically, the Beasleys appeal the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to CitiFinancial Mortgage, Inc. (Citi) and denial of their petition for writs of certiorari and supersedeas, filed after the deadline for appealing the judgment as of right. The court denied the petition on the grounds that it did not set forth sufficient merits for removal to circuit court for a trial de novo. In the petition for writs of certiorari and supersedeas, the Beasleys advanced as grounds for review the insufficiency of funds for filing a timely appeal and premature foreclosure on their residence in violation of the deed of trust. On appeal, they contend these allegations constituted sufficient merits as required by Tennessee Code Annotated Section 29-18-129. We reverse and remand.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/beasleya_011107.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ROBERT BARNETT

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert Wilson Jones, District Public Defender; and Brent Walker and Garland Erguden, Assistant District Public Defenders, for the Appellant, Robert Barnett

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Chris Scruggs, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: WITT

In this case appealed by Defendant Robert Barnett from the Criminal Court of Shelby County, we review the sufficiency of the evidence convicting the defendant of theft of property valued between $1,000 and $10,000 and aggravated burglary. We find the evidence sufficient and affirm the judgments.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/barnettr_011107.pdf


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