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Court: TCA


Ronald D. Krelstein, Germantown, TN, for Appellant

James F. Horner, Jr., Memphis, TN, for Appellees


This appeal involves a legal malpractice claim that a client brought against her former attorney after this Court issued a decision terminating the client's receipt of alimony. The attorney had represented the client in her divorce case. When the parties executed their marital dissolution agreement, the attorney allegedly provided erroneous advice to the client about a provision that would terminate her alimony if she cohabited with an unrelated male. Subsequent to the divorce, the client's ex-husband filed a petition to terminate his alimony obligation because the client was living with another man. Although the client initially retained this same attorney to defend against the petition, she later discharged her and retained other counsel. The trial court ruled in the client's favor, but on appeal, we reversed and terminated the alimony obligation. The client then sued her former attorney, but the trial court granted summary judgment to the attorney based upon the one year statute of limitations for legal malpractice claims. We affirm.


Court: TCA


Jennifer Austin Mitchell and L. Thomas Austin, Dunlap, Tennessee, for the appellant, James A. Kilgore.
Keith L. Grant, Dunlap, Tennessee, for the appellants, Shirley Worley and Michael Jason Kilgore.

Stephen T. Greer, Dunlap, Tennessee, for the appellee, Joan Victoria Kilgore.


In this challenge to a property division following divorce, the primary dispute involves two parcels of real property the couple had conveyed to their son in an effort to defraud the IRS. The son later conveyed the larger parcel to the husband's sister. After the husband filed a complaint for divorce, the wife filed a third party complaint against the son and sister-in-law, record owners of the parcels, to recover the real property as a marital asset. The trial court found that the conveyance to the son was never consummated, that the husband had orchestrated their efforts to transfer the property, and that the wife should be awarded the debt-free parcels of land. The record contains clear and convincing evidence that rebuts the presumption of delivery established by the recording of the deeds to the grantees. There was a clear failure of delivery to the son, rendering the transfer void ab initio. Finding the award of real property to the wife proper and the division of the marital estate not inequitable, we affirm.


Court: TCA


Steven Roberts, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant.

Robert Samual Weiss, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee.


The trial court dismissed Father's petition to modify child custody upon determining no material change in circumstances had occurred. We affirm.


Court: TCCA


Robert S. Peters, Winchester, Tennessee, for the appellant, Franklin Davis.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; James Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and William Copeland, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, Franklin Davis, was convicted by a Franklin County jury of six counts of vandalism, Class D and E felonies; one count of arson of personal property, a Class E felony; and one count of conspiracy to commit vandalism, a Class D felony. He was sentenced to an effective term of seven years imprisonment. On appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the convicting evidence and the sentences imposed by the trial court. Following our review of the record, the parties' briefs, and the applicable law, we affirm the defendant's convictions but modify the defendant's sentence for his conviction of arson of personal property. We affirm the defendant's sentences in all other regards.


Court: TCCA


Michael R. Jennings, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the Appellant, David Lane Goss.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Mark A. Fulks, Assistant Attorney General; Tom P. Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; Jerry D. Hunt, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, David Lane Goss, was convicted by a Wilson County jury of driving under the influence. On appeal, the Defendant alleges the trial court erred when it: denied his motion to suppress certain oral statements he gave during the traffic stop; denied his motion to dismiss based on his claim that he was not properly taken before a magistrate; and denied his motion for judgment of acquittal. After a thorough review of the record and relevant law, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Robert A. Payne, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General, and Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General.


The Petitioner, Robert A. Payne, appeals from the order of the trial court summarily dismissing his petition 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. The petition was filed outside the statute of limitations and a prior petition for post-conviction relief was previously filed, which was resolved on the merits by a court of competent jurisdiction. Accordingly, the State's motion is granted, and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.


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