Pakistani lawyers to end boycott

Pakistani lawyers agitating for the reinstatement of judges removed when President Pervez Musharraf invoked emergency rule, said on Monday they will relax a boycott of courts because it was hurting ordinary people, Reuters reports. About 60 judges were replaced after they refused to take an oath under the provisional constitutional order promulgated by Musharraf. To support the axed judges, a lawyers' movement that sprang to Chaudhry's defense in March when Musharraf first suspended him, launched a boycott of the courts.

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Court: TCCA


Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General; Thomas A. Thomas, District Attorney General; and James T. Cannon and Herd Critchlow, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Joseph P. Atnip, District Public Defender, and Colin Johnson and William Randolph, Assistant Public Defenders, Dresden, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tommy Brown, Jr.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, Tommy Brown, Jr., was indicted on one count of aggravated rape with a weapon, a Class A felony, and one count of especially aggravated kidnapping, also a Class A felony. The alleged victim in the case failed to appear on two separate dates for trial. The state was unable to proceed and the trial court dismissed the case. On appeal, the state argues that the trial court erred by failing to declare the witness unavailable and admitting the victim's prior preliminary hearing testimony at trial. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Richard L. Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Phillip Doyle.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; J. Scott McCluen, District Attorney General; and Roger Delp, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The defendant, Phillip Doyle, was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), second offense, and violating the implied consent law. The trial court imposed a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, with all but 45 days suspended to probation. In this appeal, the defendant asserts that the evidence is insufficient to support his DUI conviction. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Mark Grimes, Pro Se, West Tennessee State Penitentiary, Henning, Tennessee.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; and D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The petitioner, Mark Grimes, appeals from the circuit court's summary dismissal of his pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus. Because we find merit to the petitioner's claim for habeas corpus relief, we reverse and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.


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