TSC Clarifies When a Ruling Issued After Trial Should Be Applied Retroactively - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 12, 2018

In State vs. Minor, the Tennessee Supreme Court clarified when a new legal ruling issued after a criminal trial should be applied to a case retroactively and what standards an appellate court should apply to decide whether the new rule affords a defendant relief. The court concluded the law had changed between the time of Minor’s trial and appeal, so the law at the time of his appeal controlled. The majority opinion was written by Justice Cornelia A. Clark, with a separate concurring opinion written by Justice Sharon G. Lee.