Foundation awards $1.4 million in IOLTA grants

Fifty-five law-related organizations were awarded grants totaling $1.4 million from the Tennessee Bar Foundation recently through its IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts) program. The recipients are headquartered in 25 communities around the state and provide their services in many additional cities and counties. The awards range from $3,000 to $270,000.

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Court: TCA


Joe Weyant, (withdrawn) Clarksville, Tennessee for the appellants; Carol Ham, Clarksville, Tennessee, Pro Se, for the appellants, Carol Ham and B&B Properties; Daniel N. Thomas, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, for the appellant, David Brainard.

Lawrence R. Kulig, Boston, Massachusetts; Robert L. Delaney, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, W&T, Inc., et al.


Defendants appeal the trial court's grant of summary judgment to plaintiffs under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, based on the trial court's holding that the judgment rendered in Massachusetts was enforceable in Tennessee. Since Massachusetts had personal jurisdiction over defendants and the alleged fraud upon the court was not sustainable, we find no ground under Tenn. R. Civ. P. 60 that constitutes a defense to domestication of the judgment rendered in Massachusetts. The grant of summary judgment is affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Javier Michael Bailey, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Carmi Binkins.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Muriel Malone, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


Following a jury trial, Defendant, Carmi Binkins, was convicted of two counts of attempted second degree murder, a Class B felony; two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, a Class A felony; and one count of aggravated assault, a Class C felony. The trial court merged the aggravated assault conviction with one of the attempted murder convictions and sentenced Defendant as a Range I, standard offender to twelve years for each of the attempted second degree murder convictions and to twenty-four years at 100 percent for each of the especially aggravated kidnapping convictions. The court ordered that the especially aggravated kidnapping convictions be served concurrently with the attempted murder convictions but consecutively to each other, for an effective sentence of forty- eight years at 100 percent in the Department of Correction. On appeal, Defendant argues that (1) his right to confrontation was violated when a crying victim was allowed to display his injuries to the jury despite being found incompetent to testify; and (2) the trial court provided erroneous instructions on the elements of especially aggravated kidnapping when answering a question from the jury. The State argues that the defendant has waived the issues by failing to include an adequate record on appeal and that the trial court's jury instructions were proper. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm Defendant's convictions but remand to the trial court for entry of corrected judgment forms to reflect that count four is to be served concurrently with count two and that Defendant's especially aggravated kidnapping sentences are to be served at 100 percent release eligibility.

Grant Contract Between the State of Tennessee and the Town of Erwin

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2009-01-30

Opinion Number: 09-08


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