Former Chief Justice Reid addresses NAACP

Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyle Reid urged a crowd at the state NAACP 2010 Race Relations Summit "to dedicate ourselves to the elusive, unrealized goals of justice and freedom." Reid told those gathered at the Jackson event this weekend that those goals can only be attained when race is not a key factor in American society. The summit brought discussions on youth and health on Friday to Lane College and continued Saturday with workshops on green jobs and education.

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Adam Wilding Parrish, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the appellant, Candis D.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter and Douglas Earl Dimond, Senior Counsel, Office of Attorney General and Reporter, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, State of Tennessee Department of Children's Services.


The Tennessee Department of Children's Services ("DCS") filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Candis D. ("Mother") with respect to her minor daughter, Dravyn L.D. ("the Child"). The petition alleged multiple incidences of abandonment, substantial noncompliance with a permanency plan, and persistent conditions. The juvenile court terminated Mother's parental rights upon finding that each of the grounds alleged was established by clear and convincing evidence. Mother appeals. She contends that DCS's handling of the case effectively denied her the right to due process. She further challenges the juvenile court's finding that she was in substantial noncompliance with the permanency plan. We affirm.


Court: TCCA


Richard E. Brown, Jr., pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter, Matthew Bryant Haskell, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

The Appellant, Richard E. Brown, Jr., appeals his conviction and sentence for driving under the influence, second offense. Because the Appellant failed to prepare an adequate record on appeal, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Shawn P. Sirgo, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nigel Kavic Watkins.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth T. Ryan, Associate Deputy Attorney General; Angele M. Gregory, Assistant Attorney General; Tom P. Thompson, District Attorney General; and David E. Durham, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Nigel Kavic Watkins, was charged with one count of first degree felony murder and one count of aggravated child abuse. Following a jury trial, he was convicted of one count of reckless homicide, a Class D felony, and one count of aggravated child abuse, a Class A felony. See Tenn. Code Ann. sections 39-13-215(b), -15-402(b). He was sentenced as a Range I, standard offender to four years for reckless homicide and, as a violent offender, to twenty-five years for aggravated child abuse. The trial court ordered him to serve these sentences consecutively, for a total effective sentence of twenty-nine years in the Department of Correction. In this direct appeal, the Defendant contends that: (1) the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress his statement; (2) the trial court erred in allowing the introduction of certain autopsy photographs; (3) the State presented evidence insufficient to convict him of aggravated child abuse; and (4) the trial court erred in setting the length of his sentence and in ordering consecutive service. We notice as plain error that the Defendant's rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution's double jeopardy clause were violated by his dual convictions. After our review, we affirm the Defendant's conviction for aggravated child abuse. We merge the Defendant's reckless homicide conviction into his aggravated child abuse conviction and remand for resentencing.


Court: TCCA


Sheryl D. Guinn, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Johnny Bernosa Young.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy E. Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Leticia F. Alexander, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant-Appellant, Johnny Bernosa Young, was convicted by a Davidson County Criminal Court jury of aggravated burglary, a Class C felony, and theft of property valued at $1000 or more, a Class D felony. The sole issue presented for our review is whether the trial court erred in ordering Young to serve his felony sentences consecutively. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


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