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Court: TCA


Thomas F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sonya Rene Pennington.

Mary C. LaGrone, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Joe Allen Pennington.


In response to the father's petition for modification of custody and the mother's counterpetition for modification of custody, the trial court found a material change in circumstances and made the father the primary residential parent. On appeal, the mother assigns error to several evidentiary rulings by the trial court, to the trial court's factual findings of abuse, and to the trial court's decision concerning custody. We find that the trial court erred in excluding testimony from the stepfather, the alleged abuser of the child, and reverse and remand for further proceedings.



Court: TCCA


Patrick Thurmond, Mountain City, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Patrick Thurmond, appeals from the habeas corpus court's dismissal of his petition. On appeal, he argues that his sentences are illegal because the trial court applied sentencing enhancement factors which were unsupported by the record and imposed consecutive sentencing without making specific findings of fact. Because he did not raise these issues in his petition for habeas corpus relief, he has waived our consideration of them. Furthermore, even if taken as true, his allegations fail to state a cognizable claim for habeas corpus relief. The judgment of the habeas corpus court is affirmed.



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Six candidates vie for Appeals Court seat
Spicer, Flynn & Rudstrom attorney Sean Antone Hunt of Germantown has added his name to the final list of those seeking to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, western division. He joins William H. Haltom Jr., William Michael Richards, James Steven Stafford, Todd A. Rose and Nathan B. Pride as candidates. Today was the deadline to submit applications.

Eight line up for Criminal Appeals vacancy
Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille R. McMullen of Millington is seeking to fill the vacant Court of Criminal Appeals seat, western division. She joins Clayburn L. Peeples Jr., Jeff Mueller, Joe H. Walker III, Garland Ingram Erguden, W. Mark Ward, J. Ross Dyer and Roger Amos Page. Today was the deadline to submit applications.

Court turns down suspended attorney's request
Knoxville lawyer Herbert Moncier was turned down twice this week in efforts to have his suspension from federal practice delayed. His request to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to put the suspension on hold pending an appeal was rejected Tuesday, the same day his attorney petitioned the federal magistrate to allow continued representation of a client. That request was also denied. Moncier has similar requests pending before other judges.
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Judge wants to review secret torture memo
A federal judge has ordered the government to provide a secret memorandum described by the American Civil Liberties Union as one of the most important documents concerning the treatment of terrorism suspects. According to the ACLU, the Justice Department memo authorized the CIA to use water boarding during interrogations. Judge Alvin Hellerstein wants to review the memo himself. The order marks a change of mind for the judge, who said in January he did not need to review the document.
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Justice Birch honored for life's work
Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr. was honored last night for his commitment to promoting justice, inclusion and understanding between races, religions and cultures. CommunityNashville presented him with its special Lifetime Achievement Award for Justice and Human Relations at a ceremony at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.
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Legislative News
Bill to elect lt. governor may fall victim to budget, clock
Time is running out on a proposal to popularly elect the state's lieutenant governor. All proposals amending the state constitution have been put on hold because of the cost of placing measures on the ballot. In addition, proposed constitutional amendments must be read on the House floor for three days before being put to a vote, and the House has just three days left in its current session, according to an AP report in the Memphis Daily News.
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Disciplinary Actions
Memphis attorney suspended
On May 2, the Supreme Court temporarily suspended Michael Edward Latimore for failing to respond to a complaint of ethical misconduct. The suspension remains in effect until dissolution or modification by the court.
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Steelman to address Chattanooga Matters forum
Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman will speak on Faith in the Judiciary next Thursday at noon as part of the continuing Chattanooga Forum speaker series sponsored by Chattanooga Matters. The event will be held at the V. Frances Meeting Center, 324 McCallie Ave. The free event will run from noon to 1 p.m. For more information or to RSVP call (423) 756-0410 or e-mail info@chattanoogamatters.org

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