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Court: TCCA


Damien M. Jackson, Wartburg, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The petitioner, Damien M. Jackson, appeals from the Morgan County Criminal Court's summary dismissal of his petition for habeas corpus relief. The State argues summary dismissal was proper because the petition failed to comply with the procedural requirements for habeas relief and failed to state a cognizable claim for relief. Upon our review of the petition and the applicable authorities, we agree with the State and affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Forty-Eight Hour Rule for Sex Offender Registration

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-01-27

Opinion Number: 09-05


"The Tennessean" as a Newspaper of General Publication

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-01-27

Opinion Number: 09-07



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Legal News
Death row inmate 'waited too long' to challenge lethal injection
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Echols has dismissed a request to stop the upcoming execution of Tennessee death row inmate Steve Henley. On Monday, Echols said that Henley waited too long to file a separate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the lethal injection method. The execution is set for Feb. 4.
The News Sentinel has the story
Defending accused upholds constitutional protections
In speaking to the he University of Memphis' Pre-Law Society last week, Memphis criminal defense attorney Leslie Ballin stressed how anyone charged with a crime deserves legal representation, "regardless of how disturbing the public finds the accusations." He says he sees his job as upholding the constitutional protections of everyone in America, including the innocent and not accused. "While I am defending (an accused) person, I feel like I am defending all of us," he said.
The Memphis Daily Helmsman reports
Rutherford-Cannon County bar elects officers
The Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association this week elected Darwin Colston of Mitchell & Mitchell as its new president; Tim Hogan, a solo practitioner, as vice president; Thomas Santel of Cope, Hudson, Scarlett, Reed & McCreary as secretary; and Diana Burns, a solo practitioner, as treasurer. All of the officers are from Murfreesboro.

Ogletree Deakins opens new office in Boston
Ogletree Deakins Nash, Smoak & Stewart has opened a new office in Boston and expects to hire more lawyers there soon, according to a press release. The firm now has more than 430 lawyers in 34 offices throughout the United States, including Memphis and Nashville.
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Z. Alexander Looby project will highlight legacy
A Valentine's Day concert will kick off the "Z. Alexander Looby Tribute Project" in Nashville. The project's mission is to build a permanent historical exhibit highlighting the life and legacy of the Nashville attorney who died in 1972. During his career, Looby supported the student sit-in movement that was taking place in Nashville and elsewhere, and "helped open doorways to all races," columnist Dwight Lewis writes. In fact, Lewis credits Looby (and others) with paving the way for the election of our 44th president.
Read the column in the Tennessean
Disciplinary Actions
Virginia lawyer reinstated
Michael William Kardash of Reston, Va., has been reinstated to the practice of law in Tennessee by order of the Supreme Court. He was suspended for non-compliance of the mandatory continuing legal education requirements on Jan. 29, 2002.
Read the release and the order from the court
Nashville attorney suspended
On Jan. 16, the Tennessee Supreme Court entered an order suspending the law license of Nashville attorney Edward L. Swinger for 120 days. The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a petition for discipline and supplemental petition for discipline against him alleging neglect, failure to keep his clients informed, failure to promptly forward settlement proceeds and failure to hold a client's funds in a trust account.
Read the court's release
TBA Member Services
France trip postponed to 2010
The Tennessee Bar Association has postponed until 2010 a tour to France that had been planned for this summer. The tour has tentatively been rescheduled for June 19- 25, 2010. Those who had already paid a deposit will receive a refund. If you have questions, please contact Therese Byrne, director of Continuing Legal Education and Meetings, at (615) 383-7421 or at tbyrne@tnbar.org

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