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Court: TCA


Philip L. Robertson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Grassland Dairy Products, Inc.

L. Gilbert Anglin, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellees, Gregory O. Durrett and Esaleen Durrett.


The plaintiff appeals the final judgment of the trial court denying the plaintiff's request for a judgment against the defendants in accordance with the garnishment statute and the denial of the trial court to affix a lien upon a security deposit. The issue on appeal is whether a security deposit held by a landlord in connection with the lease of certain real property by the judgment debtor is subject to a garnishment, or, in the alternative, a lien pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. section 26-2-213 to satisfy a monetary judgment. We affirm the trial court's denial of an entry of judgment against the defendants for the garnishment of the security deposit and the trial court's refusal to grant a lien upon the security deposit.


Court: TCCA


Bobby A. Davis, Mountain City, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The pro se petitioner, Bobby A. Davis, appeals the summary dismissal of his petition for writ of habeas corpus, arguing that his aggravated rape and aggravated robbery convictions are void due to various defects in the indictments. Following our review, we affirm the summary dismissal of the petition.


Court: TCCA


Benjamin S. Pressnell, Tazewell, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sherry Sulfridge.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; William Paul Phillips, District Attorney General; and Jared Effler, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The appellant, Sherry Sulfridge, pled guilty in the Claiborne County Criminal Court to aggravated child neglect and reckless homicide with the length of her sentences to be determined by the trial court. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced the appellant to concurrent sentences of nineteen and three years, respectively. On appeal, the appellant contends that the trial court erred by enhancing her sentences based upon the victim's vulnerability. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we conclude that the trial court properly enhanced the appellant's sentences. Nevertheless, we also conclude that the trial court erred by sentencing the appellant pursuant to the 2005 Sentencing Act in the absence of a valid waiver of her ex post facto rights and remand the case to the trial court for resentencing under the 1989 Sentencing Act or for the appellant to execute a written waiver of ex post facto protections.

Requiring Realtors and Landlords to Ascertain Immigrant Status

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-02-04

Opinion Number: 08-18


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