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Author, legal commentator and Middle Tennessee native Fred Graham spoke on the tension between America's commitment to civil liberties and the government's desire to respond to rising threats of international extremism in his keynote address at today's Bench Bar Luncheon. Graham, perhaps best known for his role as a reporter on Court TV, observed that while lower courts have taken on difficult and controversial terrorism issues, the Supreme Court has, for the most part, stayed out of the fray. He predicted that at some point in the future, the high court would be forced to take on the long-term process of balancing the protection of cherished constitutional rights with the need to secure the safety of Americans. The Bench Bar event is a part of the TBA's Annual Convention being held this week in Nashville.
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Court: TCCA


John B. Curtis, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Hollis G. Williams

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Anita Spinetta, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee


The petitioner, Hollis G. Williams, who is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for first degree murder, appeals from the Shelby County Criminal Court's denial of his petition for postconviction relief and motion to reopen his prior post-conviction proceedings. We hold that we are without jurisdiction to consider the petitioner's appeal from the trial court's denial of the motion to reopen. We also hold that we have jurisdiction to consider the trial court's denial of relief on the petitioner's other post-conviction claims, and we affirm its judgment on those claims.


Court: TCCA


Jerome Williams, Clifton, Tennessee, pro se

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia Lee, Assistant Attorney General; and T. Michel Bottoms, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee


Petitioner, Jerome Williams, filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Circuit Court of Wayne County. Upon motion of the State, the trial court summarily dismissed the petition without a hearing and without appointment of counsel for Petitioner. Petitioner has appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by failing to appoint counsel, and by summarily dismissing the petition. The State has filed a motion pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, to affirm the judgment of the trial court in a memorandum opinion. Having reviewed the entire record, we grant the State's motion. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

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Date: 2007-06-12

Opinion Number: 07-94


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