Final: 21 file for Koch seat

The deadline to apply for the opening on the Middle Division Court of Appeals was this afternoon. Twenty-one candidates have applied for the seat held by William Koch until his appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Read the final list here.
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BI-LO, LLC v. LARRY VAN FOSSEN

Court: TWCA

Attorneys:

Thomas O. Sippel, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for Appellant Bi-Lo, LLC.

Michael A. Anderson, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for Appellee, Larry Van Fossen.

Judge: BLACKWOOD

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6- 225(e)(3) for hearing and reporting to the Supreme Court of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The employer asserts that the trial court erred in (1) finding that the employee's work injury of October 15, 2003, rather than his non-work injury of March 2004 caused his permanent disability; (2) assessing 60 percent vocational disability for the employee's injury; and (3) assessing the employer for the medical treatment received by the employee by Doctors Smith and Hodges. We agree with the findings of the trial court and in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-225(2), affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC_WCP/2007/fossenl_071307.pdf


DORIS JONES AND BILLY J. JONES v. SUSANNAH P. JOHNSON

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Donald A. Donati and William B. Ryan, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellants, Doris Jones and Billy J. Jones.

Deana C. Seymour and Todd D. Siroky, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Susannah P. Johnson.

Wesley A. Clayton and William B. Palmertree, Jackson, Tennessee, for the unnamed defendant/appellee, Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company.

Judge: KIRBY

This is a personal injury case involving the Tennessee suspension statute. On August 27, 2003, the defendant rear-ended the plaintiff's vehicle. On August 23, 2004, the plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the defendant for damages arising out of the accident. On the same date, a summons was issued to the defendant at her last known address in Tennessee. A few days later, the summons was returned with a notation indicating that the defendant had moved to Georgia. The plaintiffs failed to renew process within one year of the original date of service. Finally, in March 2006, an alias summons was issued and served on the defendant in Georgia. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment based on the one-year statute of limitations. The trial court granted the defendant's motion. The plaintiffs now appeal, arguing that the statute of limitations was tolled pursuant to the suspension statute, T.C.A. Section 28-1-111, because the defendant lived in another state when suit was filed. We affirm, concluding that the suspension statute is inapplicable in this case.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/jonesd_071807.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. GRADY WAYNE MEALER

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Michael J. Collins, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Grady Wayne Mealer.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; W. Michael McCown, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard and Brooke Grubb, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

A Marshall County Circuit Court jury convicted the appellant, Grady Wayne Mealer, of burglary and two counts of theft of property valued more than one thousand dollars but less than ten thousand dollars, all Class D felonies. The trial court merged the theft convictions, and the appellant agreed to an effective twelve-year sentence to be served at sixty percent and consecutively to any previous sentences. On appeal, the appellant contends that the evidence is insufficient to support the convictions. Based upon the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/mealerg_071607.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CLEO PATTERSON

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Cleo Patterson, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

The Petitioner, Cleo Patterson, appeals the trial court's denial of his petition for writ of error coram nobis and motion to reopen for post-conviction relief. The State has filed a motion requesting that this Court affirm the trial court's denial of relief pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. We conclude the State's motion has merit. Accordingly, the motion is granted and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/pattersonc_071607.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RICKY LYNN PAYNE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

David Brady, District Public Defender; John B. Nisbet, III, Assistant District Public Defender, for the Appellant, Ricky Lynn Payne.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; William E. Gibson, District Attorney General; Beth Willis and William M. Locke, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

A White County jury convicted the Defendant of attempted first degree murder, and he was sentenced to twenty years in prison. On appeal, the Defendant contends that: (1) the evidence is insufficient to sustain his conviction; (2) the trial court improperly allowed the 911 operator to testify and improperly admitted the 911 tape; (3) the trial court improperly instructed the jury on "flight"; (4) the trial court improperly instructed the jury to consider offenses in sequential order; and (5) the trial court should have declared a mistrial due to the State's use of leading questions. Further, we review the Defendant's sentence based upon the existence of plain error. After a thorough review, we affirm the Defendant's conviction, but we vacate his sentence and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/payner_071707.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MICHAEL COLLINS REED

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Nathan Moore, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Collins Reed.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Rob McGuire, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The appellant, Michael Collins Reed, pled guilty in the Davidson County Criminal Court to attempted aggravated robbery and received an eight-year sentence to be served as ten years on probation. Subsequently, the trial court revoked his probation and ordered that he serve the sentence in confinement. On appeal, the appellant admits that he violated probation but claims the court erred by not reinstating his probation and by ordering him to serve his sentence in confinement. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/reedm_071607.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DAVID B. TODD, III, and DAVID JOHN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

B. Todd, III, and Glenn R. Funk and James O. Martin, III, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, David John.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and James W. Milam and Russell Thomas, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: OGLE

The appellants, David B. Todd, III, and David John, were convicted of theft of property over $60,000 and conspiracy to commit theft of property valued at $60,000 or more. Additionally, Todd was convicted of passing a worthless check valued at $1,000 or more but less than $10,000. He was sentenced as a Range I, standard offender to a total effective sentence of nine years in the Department of Correction. John was sentenced as a Range I, standard offender to a total effective sentence of nine years in the Department of Correction, all suspended except 200 days. On appeal, Todd argues that the trial court erred by (1) allowing testimonial evidence from a non-testifying codefendant; (2) failing to instruct the jurors that one of the State's witnesses was an accomplice as a matter of law; and (3) allowing the State to present evidence of prior uncharged criminal acts. John argues that (1) the evidence is insufficient to support the conviction; (2) the trial court erred by allowing proof of other bad acts; (3) the trial court erred by allowing the State to present rebuttal testimony; (4) the trial court erred by disallowing evidence that the premises had been searched for a dead body; (5) the State committed prosecutorial misconduct during the trial; and (6) the trial court erred by not granting him a fully suspended sentence. We conclude that there are no reversible errors and affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/toddd_071607.pdf


Ability of Out-of-State Health Care Professionals to Provide Emergency Assistance in Tennessee

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-07-13

Opinion Number: 07-107

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2007/ag_07-107.pdf

TODAY'S NEWS

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Legal News
Bakers denied by federal judge
U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Mays has denied a habeas corpus petition filed by Jerry and Louise Baker, who are trying to retain custody of 8-year-old Anna Mae He. Mays issued a 40-page order late Friday that said the federal court lacked jurisdiction because the Bakers can still file an appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court regarding Anna's constitutional rights.
Read more in the Commercial Appeal
Wharton will not run against Herenton
Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton told The Commercial Appeal this morning that he will not seek the city mayor's job. "There are so many major issues I just feel that it is not the right thing to do," he said.
Read more in the Commercial Appeal
Live internet feeds to show night court
Metro Nashville's Night Court will be available for viewing in a few weeks via the internet. In January 2006, Metro discontinued the practice of physically bringing inmates into night court for initial appearances, opting instead to conduct the hearings through closed circuit video feeds and microphones. Now night court commissioners review criminal charges and set bond amounts while looking at defendants on video monitors.
Read more in the Tennessean
Baker Donelson joins with Atlanta firm
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and the Atlanta law firm of Gambrell & Stolz LLP are combining. The firm will retain the Baker, Donelson name. The 36 Gambrell & Stolz attorneys are joining Baker Donelson's 14 attorneys in Atlanta, bringing the combined firm's total number of attorneys in Georgia to 50; firm wide, the total number of attorneys and public policy advisors now exceeds 500.
Read the firm's press release
The softer side of
Herbert Moncier
Knoxville lawyer Herbert Moncier's dealings with the legal system have been described as "stormy" and "intimidating" but this feature shows his other side: that of a "most strong person, (yet) fragile, and a great dad."
The News has the story
Criminal justice issues
defined in Knox
A $50,000 study of the Knox County criminal justice system came back with some obvious recommendations like "Law enforcement officers need to work less." and "Inmates need to work more." The consultant presented his findings to a group including Knox County judges, prosecutors, defenders, police and probation workers that Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale formed after a federal lawsuit on jail crowding put the county in the hot seat.
The News Sentinel has the story
Shumaker sues for
severance pay
Former University of Tennessee President John Shumaker is pursuing a claim that the state owes him as much as $1.7 million, his attorney says. The lawsuit contends Shumaker stepped down after being promised by Gov. Phil Bredesen and Clayton McWhorter, then chairman of the UT board of trustees, that he would receive a severance pay package.
Read about it in the News Sentinel
Jury agrees: OK to fight back in defense
A case that highlights the confusion surrounding so-called "stand-your-ground" laws, was decided in Florida recently, where a man who shot into a car that tried to run him down was then tried, and acquitted, for killing two in the car. Florida is among 14 states -- including Tennessee -- that have revised laws to ensure that people don't have to retreat from an attacker.
The Commercial Appeal carried this AP story
Jenkins improving,
Scott filling in
Criminal Court Judge Ray Lee Jenkins remains hospitalized but appears to be improving, according to Knoxville lawyer Doug Trant. Jenkins has recently been ill with a parathyroid problem that produces high calcium levels. Retired Judge James B. "Buddy" Scott has been designated to fill in for Jenkins "through Aug. 17, if it is necessary for that long," said Sue Allison, spokeswoman for the Administrative Office of the Courts.
The News Sentinel has more
Correction
A story in the Daily Herald of Maury County, digested in last Thursday's TBA Today incorrectly said that lawyer Chuck Cagle of the Nashville office of the Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop law firm had pled "no contest" to an assault charge. The TBA and TBA Today regret that by digesting and republishing this inaccurate story, we may have cast Chuck Cagle's actions in an unduly unfavorable light.

Legislative News
Bowers pleads guilty
As expected, former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers, 64, pleaded guilty this morning to one federal count accusing her of splitting $11,500 with an accomplice who served as a go-between with FBI agents posing as dishonest businessmen. She had insisted for two years that she was innocent.
The News Sentinel carried this AP story
Crutchfield will resign in time for special election
To keep the Hamilton County Commission from naming a new senator, Sen. Ward Crutchfield said he would resign in time for voters to select a replacement in a special election. Crutchfield, 78, pleaded guilty last week to a federal bribery charge. He has to resign before Nov. 4 in order to trigger the special election, said State Election Coordinator Brook Thompson.
The News Sentinel has more
Berke will run for
Crutchfield's seat
Chattanooga attorney Andy Berke wasted no time in his bid for the Senate. He announced Saturday that he will be a candidate for the seat to be vacated by Sen. Ward Crutchfield.
The Chattanoogan.com has the story
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