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The Fifth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala will be held in Nashville on March 26, 2011, at The Hermitage Hotel. The Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative was launched as a joint effort by the TBA Access to Justice Committee, the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Association of Corporate Counsel to help foster a coordinated approach to pro bono work and support for the access to justice community by corporate counsel in Tennessee. Funds raised at the annual gala are given back to the community via a grant process designed to engage corporate counsel in pro bono service.

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Court: TSC


Ryan B. Feeney, Selmer, Tennessee, for the appellant, Marcus Ward.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; Colin Campbell, Assistant District Attorney General; and J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel, District Attorney General's Office, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: LEE

In this post-conviction case, the issue we review is whether the defendant's plea of guilty to aggravated sexual battery was knowingly, intentionally, and voluntarily made when the trial court did not advise the defendant of the following consequences of his guilty plea: (1) mandatory registration as a sexual offender, and (2) a mandatory sentence of community supervision for life in addition to his incarceration. We hold that the trial court was not required to advise the defendant of the requirement of sex offender registration because it is a remedial and regulatory measure, and therefore a collateral consequence of the guilty plea. We further hold that the trial court was required to advise the defendant of the mandatory sentence of lifetime community supervision because it is a punitive and direct consequence of the guilty plea. Because the trial court failed to ensure that the defendant was informed of the lifetime supervision consequence, we hold that his guilty plea to aggravated sexual battery was not knowingly, intentionally, and voluntarily entered. Accordingly, this case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.


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