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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 19, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court last week, in a divided opinion, dismissed a negligence lawsuit filed by the estate of a woman who committed suicide. The case involved a woman who killed herself inside the home of the man who had just broken off their affair. The majority ruling, in an opinion authored by Justice Holly Kirby, concluded that the state had failed to prove that the woman's suicide was a “reasonably foreseeable probability." However, Justice Sharon Lee dissented, stating that because the man, who is a certified psychiatrist, had shown his gun to the woman, known she was depressed and because she had previously attempted suicide in the man's house before, her death was foreseeable.