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Court: TSC


Court: TCCA


Antonius C. Douglas, Clifton, Tennessee, pro se, petitioner.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; Joe L. VanDyke, Assistant District Attorney General, for the respondent, State of Tennessee.


The petitioner, Antonius C. Douglas, filed a post-conviction appeal following a guilty plea and conviction in Hardeman County Circuit Court. The trial court dismissed the petition, stating that the petition did not state a colorable claim. We conclude that the petition did state a colorable claim and therefore reverse the dismissal.


Court: TCCA


Christopher R. Whittaker & David Crichton, Assistant Public Defenders, Jackson, Tennessee, for the Appellant, David Jimenez.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry Woodall, District Attorney General; and Jim Thompson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, David Jimenez, appeals the Madison County Circuit Court's revocation of his1 probation. In June 2000, Jimenez entered a best-interest guilty plea to Class D felony theft of property, Class D felony fraudulent use of a credit card, and to two counts of Class E felony failure to appear. As a result of these convictions, he received an effective eight-year suspended sentence. Jimenez was placed on supervised probation and allowed to return to Florida. In February 2005, a probation violation warrant was issued alleging that Jimenez had violated the terms of his probation by failing to report and by failing to pay restitution and costs. Following a revocation hearing, the trial court found Jimenez to be in violation of probation based upon a failure to report. The court subsequently revoked Jimenez's probation and ordered that the effective eight-year sentence be served in confinement. On appeal, Jimenez argues that the evidence presented was insufficient to establish that he willfully violated the terms of his probationary sentence. After review of the record, we affirm the revocation of probation.

Constitutionality of Senate Bill 125

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-03-05

Opinion Number: 07-24

Validity of Pending Legislation Authorizing Solid Waste Disposal Control Board to Establish

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-03-09

Opinion Number: 07-25

Forfeiture of rifle / hunting violations

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-03-09

Opinion Number: 07-26


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