Vogel to be honored at reception during ABA meeting

TBA members attending the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting in New York City are invited to attend a reception honoring Knoxville attorney and ABA Board of Governors nominee Howard H. Vogel. Hosted jointly by the TBA, the University of Tennessee College of Law, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School, the event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton New York. For more information, contact Jenny Jones at the TBA.
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Court: TCCA


Brett B. Stein and Robert Chamoun, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Hosie Perry, Jr.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Ray Lapone and Paul Hagerman, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, Hosie Perry, Jr. was convicted by jury of two counts of first degree premeditated murder for which he received consecutive sentences of life imprisonment. On appeal, he contends that: (1) the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions because there was no proof connecting him to the crimes other than uncorroborated accomplice testimony; (2) the trial court erred in admitting autopsy photographs of the victims; and (3) the trial court erred in sentencing him to two consecutive life sentences. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


Definition of "Depraved and Sadistic" as it Relates to Aggravated Animal Cruelty

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-07-17

Opinion Number: 08-124



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