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Court: TCCA


Tony V. Carruthers, Petros, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth T. Ryan and C. Daniel Lins, Assistant Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Tony V. Carruthers, appeals from the trial court's dismissal of his petition for habeas corpus relief, arguing that the court erred by summarily dismissing the petition and not ordering him to be transported to the courtroom for a hearing on the petition. Because the petitioner has failed to comply with the procedural requirements for filing a petition for habeas corpus relief, and because the petition does not state a cognizable claim for habeas corpus relief, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Leslie S. Hale, Blountville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Charles Lincoln Faulkner.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; Kent Chitwood, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, the State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Charles Lincoln Faulkner, was convicted of selling more than 0.5 grams of cocaine within 1000' of school property and delivery of more than 0.5 grams of cocaine within 1000' of school property. The trial court merged the convictions and sentenced the Defendant to twenty years in prison and a fine. On appeal, the Defendant alleges the trial court erred by: (1) failing to dismiss the charges because of a material variance between the presentment and evidence at trial; (2) failing to exclude evidence of prior bad acts; (3) failing to exclude expert testimony; (4) instructing the jury in error; (5) failing to bifurcate the trial; and (6) sentencing the Defendant in violation of the Sixth Amendment. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Byron A. Looper, Petros, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; William Gibson, District Attorney General; and David Patterson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Byron A. Looper, was convicted for the murder of Tennessee Senator Tommy Burks and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, and his conviction and sentence were affirmed by this court. State v. Looper, 118 S.W.3d 386 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2003). Subsequently, he filed a petition for post-conviction relief consisting of approximately 700 pages and raising a large number of claims. Later, he filed amendments to his petition and documents to supplement it, which added an additional 1400 pages. After an evidentiary hearing at which the petitioner represented himself, the post-conviction court determined that he had failed to prove his claims, resulting in this appeal. On appeal, he has raised the following issues: (1) the post- conviction judge was biased against him; (2) trial and appellate counsel were ineffective; (3) the evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction; (4) his right to counsel at trial was violated; (5) he was prejudiced by post-trial errors, actions, and inactions by the trial court and his trial counsel; (6) the prosecutors committed misconduct during closing arguments; (7) the trial court erred in its instructions to the jury; and (8) a number of trial errors resulted in his trial being unfair. Following our review, we affirm the post-conviction court's denial of the petition.


Court: TCCA


Charles W. Pope, Jr., Athens, Tennessee, for the appellant, Bradford Thurman.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry N. Estes, District Attorney General; and Andrew Freiberg, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

In 2004 the petitioner, Bradford Thurman, was convicted of robbery, a Class C felony, and sentenced to five years in the Department of Correction. No direct appeal was taken from this conviction. In 2005 he filed a petition for post-conviction relief, alleging that his guilty pleas were not voluntarily and intelligently made and that his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance. After a hearing, the post-conviction court dismissed the petition. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.


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