Bredesen tells judges he expects Tennessee Plan to survive

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said today that he expects the Tennessee Plan for merit selection and retention elections will be preserved next year. Bredesen spoke to a crowd of about 300 judges, lawmakers and guests at the annual judicial luncheon in Gatlinburg. The luncheon is one of the highlights of the annual joint meeting of the TBA, Tennessee Judicial Conference, TLAW and the Tennessee Association for Justice. Bredesen has appeared at the meeting in each of his six years in office. The governor noted that he has had his differences with the Judicial Selection Commission, but remarked that he felt "the commission did its job particularly well in the recent two appointments."
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Court: TCCA


Andre Wharton, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Phillip Blackburn.

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

Judge: WITT

The defendant, Phillip Blackburn, was convicted of one count of aggravated robbery and one count of attempted aggravated robbery. The trial court imposed an effective sentence of ten years. In this appeal, the defendant contends that the trial court should have suppressed the pretrial identifications of the defendant as unduly suggestive, raises numerous challenges to the handling of the testimony of co-defendant Danny Green, asserts that he should have been permitted to impeach the testimony of one of the victims by the use of a prior conviction, insists that the evidence was insufficient, in light of the "numerous" errors at trial, to support the convictions, and complains that the trial court erred in the assignment of weight to the established enhancement and mitigating factors. Because the trial court should have granted the defendant's request for a mistrial, the judgments of the trial court are reversed and the case is remanded for a new trial.


Court: TCCA


Kenneth Lyle Davis, Tiptonville, Tennessee, Pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Finley, Assistant Attorney General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Anna Banks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The appellant, Kenneth Lyle Davis, appeals the Madison County Circuit Courts order revoking his probation and reinstating his original two-year sentence. Based upon the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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