Gray Public Service Mediation Award marks 'Mediation Day'

The Tennessee Coalition for Mediation Awareness celebrated Mediation Day in Tennessee today by awarding its inaugural Grayfred Gray Public Service Mediation Award to UT Law Professor Emeritus Grayfred Gray. The "G.G." was given to Gray "for his original and lasting contribution to mediation awareness in Tennessee." This year's Mediation Day Luncheon was hosted by the Institute for Conflict Management at David Lipscomb University. Read more from the Tennessee Coalition for Mediation Awareness:

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Court: TCCA


George Morton Googe, District Public Defender; and Hewitt Chatman, Assistant Public Defender, Jackson, Tennessee for the appellant, Cornelius Boales

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Alfred Lynn Earls, Assistant District Attorney General for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


Petitioner was convicted by a jury of one count of felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell, a class B felony, and one count of felony possession of marijuana with the intent to sale, a class E felony. Petitioner was sentenced as a Range I offender to twelve years for the cocaine conviction and two years for the marijuana conviction to be served concurrently in the Tennessee Department of Correction and a $100,000 fine. Petitioner's conviction was affirmed by this court. See State v. Boales, 2005 WL 517538, at *1. (Tenn. Crim. App., at Jackson, March 3, 2005) perm. app. denied (Tenn. June 27, 2005). This Court also affirmed his sentence as to incarceration, but reduced the fine imposed to $50,000. See Boales, 2005 WL 517538. Petitioner timely filed a petition for post- conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The trial court dismissed the petition. After a thorough review of the record of the post-conviction hearing, this Court affirms the judgment of the trial court dismissing the petition.


Court: TCCA


James L. Flanary, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the petitioner, Shawn R. Bough.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; and Ta Kisaha M. Fitzgerald, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The petitioner, Shawn Rafael Bough, appeals the Knox County Criminal Court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief from his convictions for first degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery and resulting concurrent sentences of life and twenty-one years, respectively. On appeal, he contends that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel because his trial attorney (1) failed to object to the introduction of the victim's 911 tape into evidence; (2) failed to object when a State witness testified about an uncorroborated confession made by the petitioner; (3) failed to object to an improper comment made by the prosecutor during his closing statement; (4) failed to ask for a curative instruction when the prosecutor mentioned during his closing statement that the defense had failed to produce an alibi witness alluded to during the trial; (5) failed to object when the trial court improperly instructed the jury on the underlying felony for first degree murder; and (6) failed to investigate his case adequately. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the post-conviction court's denial of post-conviction relief.


Court: TCCA


Charles E. Waldman (on appeal), Memphis, Tennessee; and Jake Erwin (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Davidson M. Taylor.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Kirby May, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Davidson M. Taylor, appeals his convictions by a Shelby County jury for felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle and driving under the influence ("DUI"). For his felony conviction, Taylor received a one-year suspended sentence. Taylor was also sentenced to eleven months and twenty-nine days for the DUI conviction, with forty-eight hours to be served in confinement. On appeal, Taylor argues that the trial court misapplied established rules of evidence when it ruled that a defense witness' testimony be stricken. Following review of the record before us, we find no error and affirm the judgments of conviction and resulting sentences.



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