Bredesen commutes death sentence of murderer

Just days after the execution of Daryl Holton, Gov. Phil Bredesen commuted the death sentence of a convicted Memphis murderer to life imprisonment. Bredesen's commutation says that Michael Joe Boyd, also known as Mika'eel Abdullah Abdus-Samad, received "grossly inadequate legal representation" during his post-conviction relief hearing. Boyd was scheduled to be executed Oct. 24. Read more in the City Paper
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Court: TWCA


Lee Anne Murray, Nashville, Tennessee, attorney for Appellant, HBD Industries, Inc.

David H. Dunaway, Lafollette, Tennessee, attorney for Appellee, Steven R. Norman.


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 issues on appeal involve whether weeks spent absent from work due to a strike are included when calculating an employee's average weekly wage. We hold that the trial court erred in excluding the weeks spent on strike and modify the award to reflect the proper calculation of the employee's average weekly wage.


Court: TWCA


Alex C. Elder, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Warren Truss.

Thomas P. Cassidy, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Hardin's Sysco Food Services, Inc.


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 of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The trial court found that the employee did not sustain a permanent disability and was not entitled to temporary total disability benefits. The employee has appealed, contending that the trail court erred by giving more weight to the opinion of the treating physician than to the evaluating physician and by finding that he did not sustain a permanent injury. We affirm the trial court's ruling in all respects.


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Briley resigns chairmanship
State Rep. Rob Briley has resigned his position as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee "pending the resolution of charges against him," House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh announced today.
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Former U.S. senator recovering from stroke
Former U.S. Senator Harlan Mathews is recuperating from a stroke suffered this past weekend, the Nashville Post reports. Friends of Mathews say that he is doing well and "recovering nicely." Mathews was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1993 to fill the seat vacated by newly elected Vice President Al Gore. Prior to that he served as deputy governor of Tennessee, as state treasurer and in the administrations of Governors Frank Clement and Gordon Browning. Mathews is a partner in the Nashville office of Farris Mathews Branan BobangoHellen & Dunlap PLC.
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Committee proposes constitution change
A special committee on Thursday approved a proposal to change the state constitution so that governors have a mechanism for temporarily transfering executive powers.
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Magistrate program should be stopped, commissioner says
Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams today urged the commission to end the long-debated magistrate program. Adams said the program has been "managed wrong" and that General Sessions judges should be in charge of the magistrates, also called judicial commissioners.
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Cumberland looks at prices for new justice facilities
The price for Cumberland County to add a 96-bed jail would top out at more than $8.5 million. If the county opts for a full expansion -- four more courtrooms, all with space for jury trials; space for court clerks' offices and office space for two general sessions judges -- the cost could grow to nearly $19 million. The commission will discuss the proposals on Sept. 17.
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Court date set for Hatcher
Former Blount County Judicial Commissioner Dustin Hatcher will face trial March 4 in connection with charges that he coerced a teenage girl into his office, had her change into revealing lingerie and then photographed her.
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A number of attorneys were suspended by the Board of Professional Responsibility on Aug. 29, for failing to pay the 2007 annual registration fee as required by Rule 9 of the Supreme Court rules. Attorneys who since have complied with the rule are noted as reinstated.
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UT Legal Clinic 60th celebration starts today
The UT College of Law Legal Clinic will have a 60th anniversary celebration and symposium today and tomorrow, which will focus on understanding and improving legal education. "This is a time of flux in legal education," Benjamin Barton, director of the legal clinic, said. "We're rethinking the way we're running law school."
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