May TBJ documents statewide sit-ins on 50th anniversary

In this month's Tennessee Bar Journal, hear the voices of lawyers and judges who were on the front lines of the sit-in movement across the state 50 years ago.

Also, author Mark C. Travis explores strategies for mediation of employment litigation, and TBA President Gail Vaughn Ashworth applauds the association's Leadership Law program. Columnists Marlene Eskind Moses and Jessica Uitto delve into the civil aspects of international child abduction, John Day dispels the "odd notion" that the affirmative defense of comparative fault of a nonparty be treated differently than any other. Judge Chuck Cerny reviews the new Tennessee General Sessions Handbook, and Bill Haltom questions the "Field of Dreams" concept that if more law schools are built that students will miraculously come. The Journal is on its way to you,

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MICHAEL CLAWSON, ET AL. v. MICHAEL L. BURROW, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Richard Baker, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Michael Clawson and Sherry Clawson, individually and as the parents and next of kin of Rachel M. Clawson, deceased.

Howard E. Jarvis and Robert L. Vance, Knoxville, Tennessee, and John M. Roche, Denver, Colorado, for the appellee, Summers-Taylor, Inc.

Judge: SUSANO

Rachel M. Clawson ("the Decedent") was an employee of Summers-Taylor, Inc. ("the Employer") when she was killed in a tragic automobile-pedestrian accident. A vehicle driven by Michael Burrow veered off Highway 91 in Carter County and struck her. She had concluded her job duties for the day and was at the rear of her personally-owned truck visiting with co-workers and talking on a cell phone. The Decedent's truck was parked on the side of Highway 91 in an area approved by the Employer for employee parking. Michael Clawson and Sherry Clawson, the Decedent's parents ("the Parents"), filed this wrongful death action against Burrow and the Employer. The Employer filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that on the undisputed facts the Decedent's death arose out of and occurred in the course and scope of her employment. The trial court agreed and entered an order granting the Employer summary judgment. The Parents appeal. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/clawsonm_043010.pdf


WILLIAM CAMERON CONE v. GEORGIA ELISE DUNN CONE

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Cynthia A. Cheatham, Manchester, Tennessee, for the appellant, Georgia Elise Dunn Cone.

Grant Charles Glassford, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellee, William Cameron Cone.

Ben H. Cantrell, Nashville, Tennessee, and Alene Ross Levy, Houston, Texas, for the Amicus Curiae, Justice for Children.

Judge: BENNETT

In this post-divorce custody dispute, mother challenges the trial court's decision to change the primary residential parent to father. The trial court found mother's allegations of sexual abuse to be unfounded, and the evidence does not preponderate against the trial court's determination. We find no error in the trial court's modification of the primary residential parent or in its denial of mother's requests for post-judgment relief. We therefore affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/conew_043010.pdf


JIMMY E. HOLT ET AL. v. SHAWN R. WILMOTH

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Clinton R. Anderson, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellants, Jimmy E. Holt and Betty L. Holt.

Carl R. Ogle, Jr., Jefferson City, Tennessee, for the appellee, Shawn R. Wilmoth.

Judge: SUSANO

Shawn R. Wilmoth ("the Buyer") approached Jimmy E. Holt about buying a building Mr. Holt owned jointly with his wife Betty L. Holt (collectively "the Sellers"). The Sellers advised they were only willing to sell the building if they could also sell the inventory from their lamp business that was stored in the building. The Buyer agreed to purchase the building and the inventory. The purchase of the inventory was accomplished through a promissory note in the amount of $250,000. Subsequently, the Buyer paid $150,000 toward the note but refused to pay the balance of $100,000. The Sellers filed suit to collect the balance owed on the note. In his answer and counterclaim, the Buyer alleged that Sellers represented the value of the goods to be $500,000, but that he only realized $65,000 through liquidation of the goods and that $65,000 was the true value of the inventory. The Buyer alleged that the figure he was given constituted an intentional misrepresentation and, when compared to the amount he recovered from the goods, amounted to a failure of consideration. The Buyer asked to recover damages that included the difference in the amount he paid on the note and the amount he realized out of the liquidation, that difference being $85,000. After a bench trial, the trial court determined that there was no intentional misrepresentation and dismissed the counterclaim. Nevertheless, the trial court refused to award the Sellers a recovery on the unpaid balance of the note. The court stated that it was leaving the parties where it found them. The Sellers appeal, raising issues; the Buyer, by way of his own issue, challenges the trial court's refusal to award him damages. We reverse and remand the case to the trial court with instructions to enter a judgment in favor of the Sellers and consider their prayer for prejudgment interest.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/holtj_043010.pdf


COLE BRYAN HOWELL, III, ET AL. v. CHERYL RYERKERK, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

W. Tyler Chastain and Margo J. Maxwell, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cole Bryan Howell, III.

John M. Norris, Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, for the appellees, Cheryl Ryerkerk, The Estate of Florence Howell Wallis, Carl Wallis, Margaret Ann Gehring and Howell Nurseries, Inc.

Judge: SUSANO

Cole Bryan Howell, III ("the Grandson"), is the son of Cole Bryan Howell, Jr. ("the Father"), who in turn is the son of Margaret Lyons Howell ("the Grandmother"). The Grandson inherited stock in Howell Nurseries, Inc. ("the Nursery") through the Grandmother's will, which left a block of stock to the Father for life and then to the Father's children. After the Father's death, the Grandson filed this stockholder's derivative action against all persons who acted as directors of the Nursery and the Nursery itself ("the Defendants"), claiming, in essence, that the directors had sold away all of the corporate assets, leaving him with a rather hollow inheritance. The trial court held that the Grandson did not have standing to challenge any transactions that preceded the Father's death because it was only after his death that the Grandson became the owner of the stock. The trial court ordered an accounting as to all monies handled after the Father's death, which the Defendants filed with the court. Over the Grandson's objections, the trial court, on the Defendants' motion, approved the accounting and dismissed the case in its entirety. The Grandson appeals. We vacate the judgment of dismissal and remand for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/howellc_043010.pdf


LULA MCGREGOR, ET AL. v. CHRISTIAN CARE CENTER OF SPRINGFIELD, L.L.C.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Christy Tosh Crider, John Michael Phillips, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christian Care Center of Springfield, L.L.C.

Debra Wall, Deborah S. Evans, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Lula McGregor and spouse, James McGregor.

Judge: COTTRELL

Shortly after a sixty-one year old woman signed a nursing home admission agreement, she fell and broke her ankle. She sued for negligence, and the defendant nursing home moved the court to compel her to bring her claim to arbitration in accordance with a separate agreement she had signed as a part of the admissions process. The trial court found that the arbitration agreement was a contract of adhesion and that it would be unconscionable to enforce it. The nursing home filed a direct appeal to this court pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. section 29-5-319. Because the terms of the agreement favor the nursing home by giving it a judicial forum, we find the arbitration agreement unconscionable. Therefore, we affirm the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/mcgregorl_043010.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE, ex rel., MISTY D. MURPHY v. NICHOLAS A . FRANKS

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Mary C. Mayham, Covington, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nicholas A. Franks.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Warren A. Jasper, Senior Counsel, for appellee, State of Tennessee, ex rel., Misty Murphy.

Judge: STAFFORD

Appellant/Father appeals from the trial court's finding that he was in contempt for failure to pay child support. After reviewing the record, we find that the evidence preponderates against the trial court's findings of fact. The trial court's finding of contempt is reversed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/murphym_043010.pdf


STEPHEN S. PATTERSON, II v. SUNTRUST BANK

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Michael L. Powell, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, SunTrust Bank.

Gerald C. Russell, Rockford, Tennessee, for the appellee, Stephen S. Patterson, II.

Judge: SUSANO

Stephen S. Patterson, II, filed a complaint against SunTrust Bank arising out of unauthorized charges made against his checking account with a debit card alleged to have been stolen. When SunTrust failed to timely respond to the complaint, Patterson moved for a default judgment. Following a hearing and the filing of briefs, the trial court granted the motion. The court later denied SunTrust's motion for relief from the court's order, which order recited that "[t]he plaintiff is granted a judgment by default." In the "judgment by default" order, the court had not addressed the plaintiff's request for damages. On a subsequent date, the case proceeded to a hearing on the issue of damages. At the conclusion of the hearing, the court awarded Patterson damages of $32,937.44. On appeal, SunTrust contends that the trial court erred in entering a default judgment and in failing to set aside that judgment. We vacate the trial court's final judgment. Case remanded for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/pattersons_043010.pdf


LINNELL RICHMOND v. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Petitioner/Appellant Linnell Richmond, Henning, Tennessee, pro se

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Mark A. Hudson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Respondent/Appellee, Tennessee Department of Correction

Judge: KIRBY

This appeal involves subject matter jurisdiction over a petition for a writ of certiorari. The petitioner inmate was convicted of a disciplinary offense by the Department of Correction disciplinary board. The inmate timely filed a petition in the trial court, challenging the legality of the board's decision. The petition was not sworn. The respondent Department of Correction filed a motion to dismiss for failure to comply with the statutory verification requirement for such a petition. Subsequently, after the limitations period had lapsed, the petitioner inmate filed a motion to amend the petition to satisfy the verification requirement. The trial court found that it did not have subject matter jurisdiction to adjudicate the motion to amend and dismissed the petition. The petitioner now appeals. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2010/richmondl_043010.pdf


JAMIE BAILEY v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Magan N. White, Jackson, Tennessee (on appeal); and Martin Howie, Dyersburg, Tennessee (at hearing), for the appellant, Jamie Bailey.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Mark E. Davidson, Senior Counsel; and C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Jamie Bailey, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief from his three first degree murder convictions, arguing that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel and that his guilty pleas were therefore unknowing and involuntary. Following our review, we affirm the denial of the petition.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/baileyj_043010.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LARQUIETTA TAYLOR-FISHER

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jennifer D. Fitzgerald (on appeal) and Brett Stein (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Larquietta Taylor-Fisher.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Susan Taylor, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Larquietta Taylor-Fisher, pled guilty in the Shelby County Criminal Court to DUI, first offense, a Class A misdemeanor; leaving the scene of an accident, a Class B misdemeanor; and three counts of reckless aggravated assault, a Class D felony, and was sentenced by the trial court to an effective sentence of two years, with thirty days to serve and the remainder of the time on supervised probation. In a timely appeal to this court, she argues that the trial court abused its discretion in denying her request for judicial diversion. Following our review, we affirm the sentencing determinations of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/fisherl_043010.pdf


MATTHEW MELTON JACKSON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Matthew Jackson, Pro Se, Tiptonville, Tennessee

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; Lawrence Ray Whitley, District Attorney General, and Ron Blanton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

On August 10, 2001, Petitioner, Matthew Melton Jackson, pled guilty in Sumner County Circuit Court to four counts of aggravated robbery. The trial court sentenced Appellant to four, ten-year sentences to be served concurrently with each other, but consecutively to a previous sentence. On August 7, 2009, Petitioner filed a Petition for Post-conviction Relief arguing that a decision of this Court rendered after the entry of his guilty plea created a constitutional right that should be given retroactive application. Alternatively, he also argues that his incarceration in another state required a tolling of the statute of limitations. The post- conviction court summarily dismissed his petition. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the dismissal of his petition.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/jacksonm_043010.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TROY ALLEN PRUITT

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jeffry S. Grimes, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Troy Allen Pruitt.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; John W. Carney, Jr., District Attorney General; John Finklea, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

A Montgomery County jury convicted the Defendant, Troy Allen Pruitt, of two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and the trial court sentenced him to an effective sentence of fifteen years in the Tennessee Department of Correction ("TDOC"). On appeal, the Defendant contends: (1) the evidence is insufficient to sustain his convictions; and (2) the trial court erred when it found the Defendant waived review of the issue of whether recent case law on expert witness testimony entitled him to a new trial. After a thorough review of the record and applicable authorities, we affirm the trial court's judgments.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/pruittt_043010.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOSEPH S. RITTENBERRY

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

James Robin McKinney, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Joseph S. Rittenberry.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Assistant Attorney General; Lawrence Ray Whitley, District Attorney General; and Sallie Wade Brown, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellant, Joseph S. Rittenberry, pled nolo contendere in Sumner County to three counts of attempted aggravated sexual battery, a Class C felony. The trial court sentenced Rittenberry to six years in the Tennessee Department of Correction for each conviction, to be served concurrently. On appeal, Rittenberry claims the trial court erred in denying alternative sentencing. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/rittenberryj_043010.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. EDWARD GARCIA SUMMERS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Melissa Roberge, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Roger Moore, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Jeffery A. Devasher (on appeal), Lisa D'Souza (on appeal), and Katie Weiss (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Edward Garcia Summers.

Judge: OGLE

The defendant, Edward Garcia Summers, was indicted for possession with the intent to sell .5 grams or more of a substance containing cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, all charges based upon evidence seized during a search of his residence. The defendant filed a motion to suppress the evidence, alleging that there was no probable cause to support the issuance of the search warrant. The trial court granted the defendant's motion, and the State now appeals. Upon review, we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/summerse_043010.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SHANNON GENE TAYLOR

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jess Stockwell, Assistant Public Defender, Tullahoma, Tennessee, for the appellant, Shannon Gene Taylor.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; C. Michael Layne, District Attorney General; and Felicia B. Walkup, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WELLES

The Defendant, Shannon Gene Taylor, appeals the revocation of his probation by the Circuit Court of Coffee County. The State has filed a motion requesting that this Court affirm the judgment of the trial court pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. After our review, we grant the State's motion and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/taylors_043010.pdf


QUANTRAVEOUS WILLIAMS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Dwight E. Scott, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Quantraveous Williams.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Melissa Roberge, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III, District Attorney General; Roger Moore, Assistant District Attorney General; and Jeff Burks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge: WOODALL

Petitioner, Quantraveous Williams, appeals the post-conviction court's dismissal of his post- conviction petition in which Petitioner alleged that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel in connection with the entry of his pleas of guilty and that his pleas of guilty were not entered into voluntarily or knowingly. After a through review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2010/williamsq_043010.pdf


Disclosure of Information Reported to the Tennessee Stroke Database

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-04-30

Opinion Number: 10-57

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2010/ag_10_57.pdf

County Commission's Role in Funding Special School Districts

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-04-30

Opinion Number: 10-58

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2010/ag_10_58.pdf

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Kernell convicted on 2 charges in Palin email case
David C. Kernell was convicted this afternoon of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer. The jury acquitted Kernell, 22, of felony wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips declared a mistrial on the fourth charge, felony identity theft, after the jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked. The records charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence, while the misdemeanor maximum sentence is one year.
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Law Day finds profession at a 'transformative stage'
ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm says that lawyers need to adapt their practices and acquire new cultural understandings to adjust to law in the 21st Century. The legal profession is at "a transformative stage," Lamm writes in a commentary on this year's Law Day theme: "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges." Law Day is Saturday, May 1. President Obama acknowledged Law Day in a presidential proclamation that referred to the need for "time-honored legal traditions" in "an increasingly interconnected world."
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Wharton asks for help with Wells Fargo suit
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton told a House judiciary subcommittee Thursday that he wanted the Justice Department to join Memphis and Shelby County in their lawsuit against Wells Fargo, a company whose foreclosure rate in Memphis is seven times higher for loans in predominantly African-American neighborhoods than it is in white neighborhoods, he said. Calling it a new form of discrimination, Wharton said "One generation's Jim Crow is another generation's glass ceiling in corporate America."
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Suit filed to get right to bear arms in Tennessee
A suit filed Thursday against Gov. Phil Bredesen and Attorney General Bob Cooper says the state of Tennessee is ignoring the Second Amendment rights of anyone who is given a pardon that also restores gun rights. David Scott Blackwell received a felony charge for drug possession in 1988 and served his time. In 2003 he received a pardon in Georgia, including the restoration of the right to bear arms. But when he wanted to buy a gun to go hunting with his son in Tennessee, he was denied.
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Lawyer's wife will serve life sentence for his murder
Kelley Cannon received an automatic life sentence for killing her husband after a Davidson County jury found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder on Thursday. Cannon was accused of strangling Nashville lawyer James Cannon on June 23, 2008.
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Access to Justice Committee earns Spirit of Giving Award
The Memphis Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee was recognized for its pro bono programs by Volunteer Mid-South during its Spirit of Giving Awards program on Thursday. The Committee, a collaborative effort of the MBA, Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and other nonprofit organizations providing legal services to those in need, was honored for its many pro bono programs, including the free Saturday Legal Clinic. The third place award in the large group category follows a second place award from the organization last year.
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Another inmate walks off
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is searching for a female inmate who walked off from a courtroom visitation room this afternoon. The sheriff's office said Tiffany Parker, 28, was taken to a visitation room adjacent to Criminal Court II to meet with her attorney. The sheriff's office said the attorney left her alone, and she walked out of the building.
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State Sen. Joe Haynes writes in an opinion piece that the other states that elect an attorney general "are wrong, because Tennessee is doing it right." He says "we have ensured that our attorney general will work for the good of all Tennesseans and not simply those of a particular political persuasion." Sen. Mae Beavers argues the other side in an opinion piece "that the only people capable of ensuring that the attorney general operates independently as the state's legal watchdog -- overseeing government -- are the citizens of Tennessee."

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The Nashville Bar Association Law Day Luncheon will honor the lawyers -- led by Z. Alexander Looby -- who 50 years ago defended more than 100 demonstrators arrested during the downtown Nashville sit-ins. Dennis Archer, the first African American president of the American Bar Association and former mayor of Detroit, will be the keynote speaker at the May 10 luncheon. The event is jointly sponsored by the NBA, the Napier-Looby Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Foundation. Following the luncheon, local attorneys will reenact the courtroom scenes from the trials and present panel discussions on trial advocacy in the context of a pivotal event in the history of Nashville and the Civil Rights movement.
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