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Court: TCA


Tony Stewart, pro se Appellant.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Joshua D. Baker, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellees, Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, Charles Traughber, Gayle Barbee, Patsy Bruce, Emily S. Hudgens- Wilson, James Austin, and Jack Elder.


Tony Stewart ("Petitioner") is incarcerated at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. Petitioner had a parole hearing in August of 2006. Petitioner was denied parole and informed that his next parole hearing would be in August of 2012. Petitioner filed an administrative appeal and lost. Thereafter, he filed a petition for common law writ of certiorari claiming the Board of Probation and Parole had acted arbitrarily, illegally, and had exceeded its jurisdiction. Petitioner sued numerous defendants who collectively filed a motion to dismiss asserting that the Trial Court did not have subject matter jurisdiction because: (1) the petition was not verified; and (2) the petition did not state that it was the first application for the writ. The Trial Court agreed with the defendants that the petition was fatally deficient for these reasons and dismissed the petition. Petitioner appeals, and we affirm.


Court: TCCA


Leslie I. Ballin (at trial and on appeal) and Gray W. Bartlett (on appeal), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joseph Bloodgood.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Betsy Carnesale and Greg Gilbert, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The appellant, Joseph Bloodgood, pled guilty to facilitation of aggravated burglary and received a sentence of two years. The trial court denied the appellant alternative sentencing, and the appellant now appeals. Upon our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Wesley D. Stone, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mitchell Eads.

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

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Mitchell Eads, was convicted by a Claiborne County jury of aggravated burglary, a Class C felony, and theft of property under $500, a Class A misdemeanor. Pursuant to agreement, he was sentenced by the trial court as a Range I, standard offender to concurrent terms of three years at 30% for the aggravated burglary conviction and eleven months, twenty-nine days at 75% for the theft conviction, to be served consecutively to his sentences in three previous cases. The defendant raises four issues on appeal: (1) whether the evidence was sufficient to sustain his convictions; (2) whether the trial court committed reversible error by not instructing the jury on criminal trespass and aggravated criminal trespass as lesser-included offenses of aggravated burglary; (3) whether the doctrine of collateral estoppel should have barred the State’s introduction of evidence relating to the defendant's constructive possession of a truck in light of his acquittal of theft of the truck in an earlier case; and (4) whether the State committed prosecutorial misconduct by introducing and referring to evidence of unindicted offenses. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Charles R. Hughes, Jr., District Public Defender, and Jeanie L. Wiggins, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Jeffery E. Long.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel W. Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Robert S. Bebb, District Attorney General; and Paul D. Rush, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The defendant, Jeffery E. Long, was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to thirteen years as a Range II, multiple offender. On appeal, he argues that the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict and that the trial court erred in three areas: admission of a photographic lineup, failure to grant a mistrial, and failure to require a different jury panel when it was possible some members saw the defendant led into a holding cell in the courthouse prior to trial. After careful review, we conclude that no reversible error exists and affirm the judgment from the trial court.

Application of Art. IV of Tennessee Constitution to Municipal Elections

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-07-10

Opinion Number: 08-122


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