Court nominee list does not include Clinton

Seven names have been confirmed by the White House as potential nominees to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring this summer. The Associated Press also reports that the administration today ended speculation about a possible nomination of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs saying President Obama "is going to keep her as his secretary of state."

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Ardena J. Garth, District Public Defender; Richard Kenneth Mabee, Assistant Public Defender (on appeal); and Kandi Rankin, Assistant Public Defender (at trial), for the appellant, Brian David Black.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Matthew Bryant Haskell, Assistant Attorney General; William H. Cox, III, District Attorney General; and William H. Hall, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Brian David Black, appeals from the Hamilton County Criminal Court's order revoking his probation for theft of property over $500, a Class E felony, and ordering him to serve his three-year sentence in the Department of Correction. He argues that the trial court erred in ordering his sentence to be served, rather than imposing some less severe sanction. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Erodito D. Lopez-Carranza, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; and Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, Erodito D. Lopez-Carranza, was charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery, a Class B felony. See Tenn. Code Ann. section 39-13-504(b). On May 2, 2005, he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aggravated sexual battery, accepting an out-of-range sentence of seven years in the Department of Correction, to be served as a multiple offender at thirty-five percent. On July 6, 2009, the Petitioner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the Circuit Court for Hickman County. On July 24, 2009, the State filed a motion to dismiss the petition. The habeas corpus court granted the motion. The Petitioner now appeals that grant. We affirm the judgment of the habeas corpus court.


Court: TCCA


George Hardin, Pikeville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; and John H. Bledsoe, Senior Counsel, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, George Hardin, appeals as of right from the Bledsoe County Circuit Court's order summarily dismissing his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the order pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Petitioner seeks to re-litigate a previously litigated claim. Accordingly, the State's motion is granted and the judgment of the habeas corpus court is affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Jeffery T. Siler, Pro Se, Only, Tennessee.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and Clark B. Thornton, Assistant Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, Jeffery T. Siler, Jr., appeals the Knox County Criminal Court's summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief as untimely. On appeal, the Petitioner contends that due process considerations toll the one-year statute of limitations for post-conviction relief and entitle him to a delayed appeal. Upon review, we reverse the judgment of the post-conviction court.

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Date: 2010-04-12

Opinion Number: 10-45


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Hamilton Chancery election set, candidates line up
Gov. Phil Bredesen issued a writ of election to replace Chancellor Howell Peoples today, setting the election for Aug. 5, Election Commission attorney Chris Clem said. The Republican caucus is set for April 29, when delegates will be selected. Its convention will be May 13, when delegates will select a nominee. Election officials said Democrats are also expected to hold a one-day session to choose a contender. Attorneys could also run as independent candidates.

Two Chattanooga attorneys did not waste any time and today announced their candidacies. Valerie Epstein, an attorney with the Chattanooga firm of Berke, Berke and Berke, said one of her main goals if elected would be to put in place an electronic filing system for Chancery Court. Read more about her in the The Times Free Press. Linda B. Hall is a solo practitioner with her law office is in Soddy Daisy. She said she has spent her entire career working with the types of cases heard by Chancery Court, and will be running for the Republican nomination. Learn more about her in The Chattanoogan.

The Judicial Selection Committee has already chosen three attorneys to be submitted to the governor for an interim chancellor, but he has not chosen one.
Read more about the election in The Chattanoogan
DA wants deleted TV interview as murder evidence
Footage that aired on a TV documentary that contained a gang member talking about a murder, caused the Davidson County District Attorney's office to want to see what was left on the cutting room floor. The rift between the district attorney's office and the media company once again brings into focus an ongoing national discussion about the limits of journalistic protection when a crime has been committed. "Journalists should not become arms of the police department or the prosecution," said Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. "Their job isn't to investigate things and then turn their notes over to law enforcement."
The Nashville City Paper reports
Editorial: Prison bill should become law
In an editorial today, the Commercial Appeal writes that a bill passed by the House Thursday -- doubling prison time for armed-robbery convicts -- "is a reasonable approach toward making violent and nonviolent offenders pay for their crimes. The Senate, which is scheduled to consider the bill Tuesday, should join the House and pass it." Under the bill, which still must be passed by the Senate, a person convicted of armed robbery would have to serve at least five years and 11 months in prison before becoming eligible for parole. That is up from two years and five months under current law.
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Giving in judicial elections has risen since 'Citizens United'
Predictions that the recent Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling will unleash a torrent of corporate money are wildly overblown, free speech advocates insist. But a closer look at state-level elections suggests that independent political expenditures by corporations, unions and other special interests are substantial, especially in judicial elections. The Citizens United ruling may impact judicial races even more drastically than federal elections, some experts argue.
The National Journal looks at the issue
BPR suspension likely next for Lockett
Former Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett could have his law license suspended as early as this week for stealing thousands of dollars from his old law firm, according to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Lockett, 55, pleaded guilty last Thursday to embezzling thousands of dollars in fees from the firm of Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley.
The News Sentinel has the story
Court clerk candidates spar at TSU debate
Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver stressed his experience as his strongest selling point for reelection during a Saturday debate with the six other candidates trying to oust him in this May's Democratic primary.
The Nashville City Paper has more
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Pera affidavit supports Bell's desire to depose Daniel
Judge John A. Bell submitted a supplemental response to disciplinary counsel's motion for protective order today, seeking to take the deposition of Disciplinary Counsel J.S. Daniel, "due to Mr. Daniel's status as a witness in these proceedings." The response includes an affidavit by "legal ethics expert" Lucian Pera, which supports Bell's request that he be permitted to depose Daniel.
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