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The Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee is soliciting nominations for the 2008-2009 Access to Justice Public Services Awards, including the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year Award, the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Award and the Law Student Volunteer Award. These awards will be presented at the TBA Public Service Awards Luncheon, Jan. 17, 2009. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 22. Find out more and submit your nomination here:

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MILDRED LOUISE CAMPBELL v. CHESTER EUGENE CAMPBELL

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

David W. Camp, Jackson, TN, for Appellant

No Appearance for Appellee

Judge: HIGHERS

This appeal involves the trial court's classification and division of marital assets upon the parties' divorce. The wife contends that the trial court incorrectly classified improvements made to the husband's home with monies taken from the parties' joint account as the husband's separate property. Only the wife filed a brief, and we do not have a transcript of the proceedings or a statement of the evidence. We affirm the trial court's ruling.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/campbellm_073108.pdf


J. HANNAH FRANK v. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CITY OF MORRISTOWN

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Benjamin Lauderback, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, the Government of the City of Morristown.

James M. Davis, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellee, J. Hannah Frank.

Judge: LEE

The city of Morristown appeals a judgment in favor of a commercial leaseholder who brought an inverse condemnation and nuisance action against the city for damages allegedly sustained as a result of dirt, debris, odor, noise, and interference with ingress and egress caused by the city's road and bridge construction project. After careful review, we reverse the judgment of the trial court as to the inverse condemnation claim upon our finding that the damages complained of by the leaseholder were the necessary effects of careful construction and not different from the effects suffered by the leaseholder's neighbors and because damages resulting from inconvenience during construction are not recoverable. We also reverse the trial court's judgment in favor of the leaseholder upon the claim of nuisance because the leaseholder failed to establish that the construction project was conducted in an unreasonable manner.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/frankj_073108.pdf


IN RE: G.N.S., d/o/b 10/09/03

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Jeremy B. Epperson, Pinson, TN, and Carl E. Seely, Jackson, TN, for Appellants.

Steven W. Maroney, Matthew R. West, Jackson, TN, for Appellees.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Douglas Earl Dimond, Senior Counsel, Nashville, TN, on behalf of Attorney General's Office

Judge: HIGHERS

In this appeal, a mother and father challenge an order terminating their parental rights. We affirm the order as it pertains to the mother, and we reverse as to the father.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/gns_073108.pdf


BOBBY C. (CLARK) KING v. SEVIER COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

David A. Stuart, Clinton, Tennessee, for the appellant, Bobby C. (Clark) King.

Robert H. Watson, Jr., and Nathan D. Rowell, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Jerry Hays, Mike Helton and Mike Werner.

Dennis B. Francis, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Sevier County Election Commission, Paul Bollinger, J.B. Matthews, Ava Hornung, Joe Newman and Elizabeth Pierce.

Judge: SUSANO

This case arises from an election for Gatlinburg City Commission in May 2007. Six candidates were on the ballot; the top three finishers were elected. Bobby C. (Clark) King received 210 votes and finished fifth, 304 votes behind the third-place finisher. Mr. King now seeks to have the election declared void, and a new election ordered, on the basis of several alleged procedural errors that he says render the election results invalid. After a bench trial, the court rejected Mr. King's arguments, declaring some of his accusations factually lacking and holding that others, even if true, were not sufficiently serious to justify voiding the election. Mr. King appeals. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/kingb_073108.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LAHIERE-HILL, L.L.C.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Elizabeth P. McCarter, Senior Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Environmental Division; Wilson S. Buntin, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Environmental Division; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; and Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, State of Tennessee ex rel. Robert E. Cooper, Jr., in his official capacity as the Attorney General and Reporter of Tennessee, and James H. Fyke, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Frederick L. Hitchcock and Michael J. Stewart, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Lahiere-Hill, L.L.C.

Sarah A. Francisco, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Gregory Buppert, Nashville, Tennessee, for the amici curiae, the Cumberland Trail Conference, the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, the Sierra Club, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, the Nature Conservancy, the Obed Community Watershed Association, the American Hiking Society, the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the Tennessee Forests Council, the Land Trust for Tennessee, the National Parks Conservation Association, Cherokee Forest Voices, and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

Judge: SUSANO

The State of Tennessee ("the state") sued Lahiere-Hill, L.L.C. ("the company"), seeking a declaratory judgment defining the scope of the company's rights with respect to the minerals on several tracts of land in Hamilton County. The state, which owns the surface rights to the land in question, also stated causes of action for trespass, ejectment and public nuisance. The severance of the mineral rights from the surface rights occurred in 1951, when the parties' common grantor reserved the mineral rights for itself while conveying the surface rights to a grantee who wished to use the land for its timber. The state eventually acquired the surface rights previously owned by timber companies, and has designated most of the land as part of the Cumberland Trail State Park. The parties' dispute focuses on how to interpret the 1951 deed, specifically whether the grantor's reservation of "other minerals" includes the right to mine sandstone. The state contends that sandstone is not a mineral, and that, in any event, the company's "surface mining" is too destructive to the surface and should not be allowed absent an explicit provision in the deed permitting such mining. The company argues that sandstone is a mineral, and that the mining techniques at issue are not so destructive as to deprive the state of its surface rights. The trial court granted the company's motion for summary judgment, holding that the term "minerals" unambiguously includes sandstone; determining that there are no disputed issues of material fact in this case; and concluding that the material facts before the court support summary judgment for the company. We disagree with the trial court's determination that there are no genuine issues of material fact. We hold that, absent an explicit provision so stating, the 1951 deed cannot be read as waiving the surface owner's right to use the property for its reasonable or intended purpose. We further hold that the company has not demonstrated the absence of a disputed issue of material fact on the question of whether its mining techniques are impermissibly destructive. Accordingly, we vacate the trial court's grant of summary judgment and remand for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/lahierehill_073108.pdf


THOMAS BUILDERS, INC. v. SHAILESH PATEL, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Timothy W. Burrow, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Thomas Builders, Inc.

Michael P. Sayne, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Shailesh Patel and Sachichidanand Lodging, LLC.

Judge: SUSANO

Thomas Builders, Inc. sued Shailesh Patel and his LLC, alleging that Mr. Patel breached a construction contract. The parties had been in negotiations to build a hotel in downtown Knoxville. Thomas Builders' president, Darrell Thomas, claims that he and Mr. Patel agreed to a binding contract; Mr. Patel claims that no contract was ever made. At a bench trial, Mr. Patel testified that Mr. Thomas asked him to sign the purported contract as an "indication that I am really serious to continue discussions." This testimony was not directly rebutted. At the conclusion of the trial, the trial court stated that it believed Mr. Patel's testimony, and held that there was no breach. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/thomasbuilders_073108.pdf


YELLOW TRANSPORTATION, INC. v. LARRY WARD

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Jeff Weintraub, J. Gregory Grisham, Daniel S. Lovett, Memphis, TN, for Appellant.

Michael C. Skouteris, J. Chandley Crawford, Gail O. Mathes, Memphis, TN, for Appellee.

Judge: HIGHERS

Employer appeals the trial court's grant of partial summary judgment in favor of Employee. The parties entered into a settlement agreement on Employee's workers' compensation claim. The agreement included language that Employee would not seek further employment with Employer. In granting partial summary judgment to Employee, the trial court found that the disputed language of the agreement did not create a contractual obligation on the part of Employee. We reverse and grant summary judgment in favor of Employer.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/yellowtransportation_073108.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KENNETH J. CRADIC

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Stephen M. Wallace, District Public Defender, and Terry Defender, for the appellant, Kenneth J. Cradic.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and James F. Goodwin, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The defendant, Kenneth J. Cradic, was convicted of three counts of rape of a child (Class A felony), and three counts of incest (Class C felony). He was sentenced to twenty years for each Class A felony and four years for each Class C felony. The trial court ordered that two of the Class A felony convictions be served consecutive to each other but concurrent to the third conviction and that the three Class C felony convictions be served consecutive to each other and concurrent to the Class A felonies, for a total effective sentence of forty years. On appeal, the defendant argues that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions, that the sentence is improper, and that the trial court improperly denied his motion to sever his offenses and to suppress his statement. After careful review, we cojudgments from the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/cradick_073108.pdf


MORRIS NEAL DAVIS v. STEVEN DOTSON, WARDEN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Morris Neal Davis, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; and Rachel Willis, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Morris Neal Davis, appeals the Hardeman County Circuit Court's summary dismissal of his petition for the writ of habeas corpus. On appeal, the petitioner argues that the trial court was without authority or jurisdiction to sentence him outside his statutory sentencing range and, further, that the court lacked jurisdiction to sentence him above the statutory minimum sentence. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the lower court's dismissal pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Because the petitioner has failed to allege any ground which would render the judgments of conviction void, we grant the State's motion and affirm the judgment of the Hardeman County Circuit Court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/davism_073108.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KEVIN ALLEN GENTRY

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Brent Horst, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Kevin Allen Gentry.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; James Dunn, District Attorney General; Jeremy D. Ball, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

A Sevier County jury convicted the Defendant, Kevin Allen Gentry, of one count of rape of a child. The trial court sentenced him to twenty-five years in prison, to be served at one-hundred percent. The Defendant appeals, contending that the trial court erred when it allowed into evidence an audiotape of statements made by the Defendant. Having determined that we lack jurisdiction in the case, we dismiss the Defendant's appeal.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/gentryk_073108.pdf


JAMES R. HANKINS v. CHERRY LINDAMOOD, WARDEN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

James R. Hankins, Clifton, Tennessee, Pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The petitioner, James R. Hankins, filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in which he requested relief from his conviction for especially aggravated robbery, claiming that the indictment underlying the conviction was fatally flawed. The habeas corpus court dismissed the petition, finding that the petitioner had waived any potential defect in the indictment for failure to raise the issue before trial and that, regardless, the indictment was not defective. On appeal, the petitioner contests this ruling. Upon review of the record and the parties briefs, we affirm the judgment of the habeas corpus court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/hankinsj_073108.pdf


MARCELLUS HURT v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

J. Colin Morris, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Marcellus Hurt.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter, and Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Marcellus Hurt, appeals the Madison County Circuit Court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, the petitioner argues he was denied the effective assistance of counsel based upon trial counsel's failure to exercise his influence and persuade the petitioner to plead guilty. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the post-conviction court's dismissal pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Because the petitioner has failed to allege any ground which would establish a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, we grant the State's motion and affirm the judgment of the Madison County Circuit Court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/hurtm_073108.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DEVIN JAMES

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Gerald D. Skahan, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Devin James.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; Michelle Parks and Alanda Dwyer, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Devin James, appeals the sentencing decision of the Shelby County Criminal Court after a jury found him guilty of the reckless homicide of Rodney Steward. After a sentencing hearing, James received a thirty-month sentence in the "workhouse," with all but ninety days suspended, followed by five years of probation. On appeal, James argues: (1) that the trial court's denial of judicial diversion was error; (2) that the trial court erred in failing to grant him full probation; and (3) that the trial court erred in enhancing his sentence six months beyond the presumptive minimum and in imposing a probationary term of five years. After thorough review of the record and the briefs of the parties, we affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/jamesd_073108.pdf


GERALDRICK JONES v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert Brooks, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Geraldrick Jones.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Scot Bearup, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Geraldrick Jones, was convicted of first degree premeditated murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Following an unsuccessful direct appeal, he sought post- conviction relief, alleging that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. Specifically, he alleged that trial counsel (1) should have requested dismissal of the indictment or a special jury instruction after the State lost samples of his blood; (2) should have moved to suppress evidence found after the police searched his home; (3) and failed to object to improper closing remarks by the State. The post-conviction court concluded that the petitioner failed to prove these claims and dismissed the petition. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/jonesg_073108.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RICHARD STEVEN McWHORTER

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

David L. Raybin and Sara S. Richter, Nashville, Tennessee (on appeal), and Edward M. Yarbrough, Nashville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Richard Steven McWhorter.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; James E. Gaylord, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Matthew P. Stephens, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The defendant, Richard Steven McWhorter, was convicted of driving under the influence, third offense, a Class A misdemeanor, by a Davidson County Criminal Court jury. He was sentenced to a term of eleven months, twenty-nine days, with 120 days to be served in jail at 100 percent service, with the balance of the term to be served on probation. The court revoked the defendant's driver's license for three years and imposed a $1500 fine. In this appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the convicting evidence. We hold that the state offered sufficient evidence of the defendant's guilt, and we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/mcwhorterr_073108.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. WALTER PABLO

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Tom Emerson Smith, Memphis, Tennessee; and Jeffrey Jones, Bartlett, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Walter Pablo.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Preston Shipp, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Charles Bell, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Walter Pablo, appeals the sentencing decision of the Shelby County Criminal Court in ordering that his sentence for DUI, first offense, be served in total confinement. Pablo and the State reached a guilty plea agreement providing that he would plead guilty to DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to appear, and receive an effective sentence of eleven months and twenty- nine days, with fifteen days to be served in confinement and the balance to served on probation. At a guilty plea hearing, after questioning by the trial court, Pablo provided information to the court that he was a Mexican citizen, and that he did not know whether the federal authorities were aware of his presence in this country. After four days of guilty plea proceedings over a period from August 7, 2007, to August 28, 2007, during which Pablo was in confinement, the trial court rejected the guilty plea agreement insofar as it provided for a probationary sentence. Pablo was allowed the opportunity to withdraw his guilty plea, which he declined. The trial court then summarily sentenced Pablo to eleven months and twenty-nine days' incarceration in the workhouse for the DUI conviction. On appeal, Pablo argues that the trial court erred in denying him probation based solely upon his perceived status as an illegal alien. After review, we conclude that there was insufficient evidence to support the trial court's determination that Pablo's presence in the United States was unlawful and that the trial court's summary sentencing decision failed to consider relevant principles of sentencing in denying probation. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand for resentencing.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/pablow_073108.pdf


CHAD ALAN PARKER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
With Dissenting Opinion


Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

W.H. (Steve) Stephenson, II, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Chad Alan Parker.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; William C. Whitesell, Jr., District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

The Petitioner, Chad Alan Parker, pled nolo contendre to one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of burglary of an automobile. The trial court sentenced him to ten years of incarceration and community supervision for life for the aggravated sexual battery conviction, and to two years for the burglary conviction. The trial court ordered that the sentences run concurrently. The Petitioner filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief, which was amended by appointed counsel, alleging he received the ineffective assistance of counsel. After reviewing the issues and applicable authorities, we reverse the post-conviction court's judgment and remand the case for the Petitioner to withdraw his best interest plea.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/parkerc_073108.pdf

THOMAS dissenting
http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/parkerc_DIS_073108.pdf


LARRY C. PITTMAN v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Larry C. Pittman, Henning, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Jennifer L. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Larry C. Pittman, pro se, appeals the summary dismissal of his petition for writ of habeas corpus. He argues that he is entitled to relief under Blakely because he submits that he was sentenced illegally. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the trial court's dismissal pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. After careful review, we conclude that the habeas court's summary dismissal of the petition was appropriate, and we affirm the judgment from the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/pittmanl_073108.pdf


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