Tennessee Solicitor General Michael Moore dies

Michael E. Moore, who served as Tennessee's solicitor general for 17 years, died yesterday. He was 60. Mr. Moore obtained his law degree from Stanford University in 1975 and was admitted to the California and Tennessee bars. He received his bachelor's from Dartmouth College in 1972 (summa cum laude with high distinction). Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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Court: TCA


Cameron S. Hill, Clinton P. Sanko and Edward N. Boehm, Jr., Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellants, Modern Machine Corporation, a Tennessee corporation, Modern Machine Corporation, a Florida corporation, and John Sonnentag.

Robert S. Stone and David L. Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Cascade Ohio,Inc., dba C. W. Ohio, Inc.

Lynda M. Hill, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellees, CMTD, Inc., formerly known as Cullum Machine, Tool & Die, Inc., Heinrich B. Dickhut, and Karen Dickhut.


Cascade Ohio, Inc., doing business as C. W. Ohio, Inc. ("the Customer"), sued Cullom Machine Tool & Die, Inc., now known as CMTD, Inc. ("the Seller"), and Modern Machine Corporation, a Tennessee corporation ("Modern Tennessee" or "the Buyer"), regarding a machine that the Seller had agreed to build for the Customer. After the Seller agreed to build the machine, the Seller entered into an agreement with the Buyer to sell its assets to the Buyer, including the Seller's contract to build the machine for the Customer. The machine was never built, prompting this lawsuit. Following a bench trial, the court held that the Seller and Buyer were liable to the Customer for the down payment made on the machine purchase. The court further held that the Buyer was liable to the Customer under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act ("the TCPA"), trebled the Customer's damages, and held the Buyer responsible for the attorney's fees of the Customer. The court also held the Buyer liable to indemnify the Seller, including the attorney's fees of the Seller. The court also pierced the corporate veil of the Buyer and held parties related to the Buyer jointly liable with the Buyer. The Buyer and its related parties appeal. We reverse in part and modify in part. Except as modified or reversed, the judgment is affirmed. Case remanded.


CORRECTION is in the style of the case In Re: Pauline M., Stephen M. and Rachael M. rather than Stephanie M.

Court: TCA


T. Wood Smith, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Stephen M.

Sandra Lee Stanbery-Foster, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brenda M.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Elizabeth C. Driver, Senior Counsel, for appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services.


This is a termination of parental rights case. The trial court terminated both parent' rights to the children on grounds of: (1) abandonment by failure to provide a suitable home pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. section 36-1-102(1)(A)(ii); and (2)persistence of conditions as set out at Tenn. Code Ann. section 36-1-113(g)(3). The trial court also terminated Father's parental rights on the additional ground of abandonment by failure to support pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. section 36-102(1)(A)(i), and Mother's parental rights on the additional ground of mental incompetence pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. section 36-1-113(g)(8)(B). Finding clear and convincing evidence in the record to support each of these grounds, as well as clear and convincing evidence that termination of Mother's and Father's parental rights is in the best interests of the children, we affirm.



Court: TCCA


Javier Michael Bailey, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Don Mask Brown, Jr.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Joe Van Dyke, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant-Appellant, Don Mask Brown, Jr., was convicted by a Hardeman County jury of second degree murder, a Class A felony, and aggravated robbery, a Class B felony. He was sentenced as a violent offender to forty years for second degree murder and, as a multiple offender, to fifteen years for the aggravated robbery. The trial court ordered these sentences to be served consecutively, for an effective sentence of fifty-five years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, Brown claims: (1) the trial court violated the principles of Blakely v. Washington by finding that several enhancement factors were applicable; and (2) the trial court should not have imposed consecutive sentencing. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.



Court: TCCA


Clifford K. McGown, Jr., Waverly, Tennessee; Gary F. Antrican, District Public Defender; and Kari I. Weber, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Jonathan Greer.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Terry D. Dycus, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, Jonathan Greer.


The defendant, Jonathan Greer, was convicted by a Fayette County jury of robbery, a Class C felony, and sentenced to serve fifteen years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, the defendant has raised the single issue of sufficiency of the evidence. Specifically, he contends that his conviction is precluded by State v. Owens, 20 S.W.3d 634, 638 (Tenn. 2000), because the State failed to establish that the taking of the property was contemporaneous with the use of violence or fear. Following review of the record, we affirm the judgment of conviction.



Court: TCCA


George Morton Googe, District Public Defender, and Paul E. Meyers, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Terry James Lee aka Terry Lee Williams.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Mary W. Francois, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The defendant, Terry James Lee aka Terry Lee Williams, appeals the revocation of his probation. He initially entered guilty pleas to felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and reckless aggravated assault, for which he received a total effective sentence of four years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. He served six months of his sentence before being placed on intensive probation. On appeal, he argues that the trial court did not have jurisdiction to revoke his probation and contends his sentence had expired. The State has moved the Court to affirm the revocation of probation pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. After careful review, we affirm the revocation of probation pursuant to Rule 20.



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