Better jury experience is goal of new committee

A new committee has been charged with improving conditions for Tennesseans called to jury service. The Tennessee Judicial Council created the committee to study the jury process and make recommendations for promoting appreciation of the jury system and improving response rates to summonses. Committee members include Chairman Jeff Henry, executive director of the Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference; Deborah R. Alexander-Davis; 23rd Judicial District Attorney General Dan Alsobrooks; state Representative Rob Briley, D-Nashville; state Senator Dewayne Bunch, R-Cleveland; Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee V. Coffee; and Tom Hatcher, circuit court clerk for Blount County. The committee meets for the first time this Wednesday. Read the AOC's press release:

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Court: TCA


Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter, and Lauren S. Lamberth, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee ex rel. Suzy Whitley

David L. Douglas, Somerville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Sam Lewis

Judge: KIRBY

This appeal involves a claim in juvenile court to recover child support payments. The mother of the child at issue told the respondent that he was the child's father. In reliance on this, the respondent signed a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, and the juvenile court entered an agreed order setting child support and establishing the respondent's child support arrearage. Over two years later, the respondent learned that the child might not be his, and he petitioned the juvenile court for a paternity test. His petition was granted, and the test showed that he was not the biological father of the child. The juvenile court set aside the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity based on fraud, relieved the respondent of any future obligation to pay child support, and forgave all past child support arrearages. Subsequently, the respondent filed a petition against the mother, seeking damages because the mother had fraudulently induced him into signing the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity. The juvenile court granted the respondent's petition against the mother, awarding him damages consisting of the child support erroneously paid, the cost of paternity testing, and attorney's fees. The State, on behalf of the mother, now appeals. We reverse, concluding that the juvenile court erroneously forgave the respondent's accrued child support arrearages, and that the juvenile court did not have jurisdiction to adjudicate the respondent's petition against the mother for damages.


Court: TCCA


Theodora A. Pappas (on appeal and at trial), and Michael Mills (at trial), for the appellant, Mir Ali.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and James Milam, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The petitioner, Mir Ali, appeals from the post-conviction court's denial of post-conviction relief. On appeal, he contends that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel which caused him to enter an unknowing and involuntary guilty plea. Following our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court denying post-conviction relief.

Application of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 55-16-112 to Illegally Parked Vehicles

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-07-20

Opinion Number: 07-111


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