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Court: TCA


William Kennerly Burger of Murfreesboro, Tenne ssee for Appellant, William J. Orr.

Robert E. Boston, Charley H. Williamson of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellee, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.


This is an appeal from the grant of summary judgment dismissing Appellant's counterclaim for statutory retaliatory discharge against his employer, the Appellee here in. Finding that the material facts of this case are undisputed and that Appellant failed to show that he refused to participate in or to remain silent about any alleged illegal activity, and/or to prove an exclusive causal link between his alleged refusal to participate in or to remain silent about alleged illegal activities and his termination, we affirm.



Court: TCCA


Christopher Keyln Dearing, Pro se, Mou ntain City, Tennessee.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Christopher Keyln Dearing, proceeding pro se, appeals the Johnson County Criminal Court's summary dismissal of his petition for the writ of habeas corpu s. Dearing is currently an inmate at Northeast Correctional Complex in Johnson County as a result of his convictions for Class D felony theft and Class E evading arrest. Dearing's petition alleges that, under the terms of his plea agreement, he pled gui lty to Class D theft in exchange for a sentence of two years; however, the judgment form and Department of Correction records show that the actual length of the sentence he is serving is two years and one day. Dearing argues that, because the State has b reached the plea agreement, his sentence of two years and one day is void. After review, we agree with the trial court that Dearing's petition fails to state a cognizable claim for habeas corpus relief. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is af firmed.



Court: TCCA


Larry Dillow, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, Darryl Lee Elkins.

Gene Scott, Jr., Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellant, Rhonda Grills.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; David E. Coenen, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and James F. Goodwin, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The petitioners, Darryl Lee Elkins and Rhonda Grills, were jointly tried and convicted of offenses against the minor child of Rhonda Grills by the Criminal Court for Sullivan County. Petitioner Elkins was convicted of rape of a child ( Class A felony) and attempted rape of a child (Class B felony). He was sentenced to twenty-five years with a fine of $50,000 for the Class A felony and to twelve years for the Class B felony, to be served consecutively. Petitioner Grills was convicted o f facilitation of rape of a child (Class B felony) and sentenced to ten years with a fine of $25,000. Each petitioner appealed, and their sentences were affirmed. See State v. Elkins, 102 S.W.3d 578 (Tenn. 2003); State v. Grills, 114 S.W.3d 548 (Tenn. C rim. App. 2001). Both petitioners subsequently filed petitions for post-conviction relief, which are the subject of this appeal. The post-conviction court granted Petitioner Elkins a new trial on his conviction for attempted rape of a child but denied r elief on the conviction for rape of a child. Petitioner Grills was denied any post-conviction relief. The State, Petitioner Elkins, and Petitioner Grills have all appealed from the order of the post-conviction court. After careful review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court granting relief to Petitioner Elkins, and we affirm the denial of the remaining issues on appeal for both Petitioner Elkins and Petitioner Grills.


TIPTON concurring
http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/elkinsd_corr_con _010908.pdf


Court: TCCA


Steven Oberman, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the a ppellee, Roy Anthony Ferrante.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Steven Bebb, District Attorney General; and Michelle McFadyen, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.


After over one year passed between the alleged commission of the offense and the return of a grand jury indictment against the Defendant, Roy Anthony Ferrante, the Criminal Court of Bradley County dismissed his driving under the influence charge, finding that the affidavit of complaint was void and that the State had failed to comply with the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure. The State appealed, arguing that the trial court erred because any defect in the Defendant's affidavit of complaint or arrest warrant was immaterial after a grand jury returned a valid indictment and that the prosecution is not barred by the statute of limitations. The Defendant argues that the trial court properly dismissed the charge because the one-year statute of limitations had expired prior to the grand jury's issuance of a valid indictment. Following our review, we reverse the order of the trial court and remand this case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.



Court: TCCA


Eddie E. Glenn, Pikeville, Tennessee, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and J. William Pope, III, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennes see.


Petitioner, Eddie E. Glenn, appeals the trial court's dismissal of his petition for writ of habeas corpus in which he contended that his sentence for his first degree premeditated murder conviction is illegal and void. After a thorough review, we conclude that the trial court erred in dismissing the petition, and we reverse and remand the case with instructions for the Bledsoe County Circuit Court to grant the petition and transfer the case to the Union County Criminal Court for correction of the judgment in accordance with this opinion.



Court: TCCA


Jasper Lee Vick, Whiteville, Tennessee, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney Geappellee, the State of Tennessee.


On appeal, Petitioner, Jasper Lee Vick, argues that the trial court erred in summarily dismissing his petition for writ of habeas corpus relief. In his petition, Pe titioner alleged that the trial court improperly determined that Petitioner was a Range II, multiple offender, for the purpose of determining the length of his sentences for especially aggravated kidnapping and sexual battery. After review, we conclude t hat Petitioner has failed to state a ground for which habeas corpus relief is available. Accordingly, we affirm the habeas corpus relief.



Court: TCCA


James N. Adams, Jr., Corinth, Mississippi, (on appe al); and Charles Fleet, Bolivar, Tennessee, (on appeal), for the appellant, Anthony T. Woods.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General; and Joe Van Dyke, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.


Petitioner, Anthony Woods, appeals the post-conviction court's denial of his petition for post- conviction relief in which he alleged the ineffective assistance of couns el at trial when he was convicted of aggravated assault. After a thorough review, we affirm the judgment of the post- conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCC A/2008/woodsa_010908.pdf


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