STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JEROME NATHANIEL JOHNSON - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 16, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael A. Little, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jerome Nathaniel Johnson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor and Michael Bottoms, District Attorneys General; and Dan Runde and James W. Pope, III, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

In this consolidated appeal, the defendant challenges the denial of his requests for pretrial diversion in both Maury County and Rhea County, the denial of his motions for writ of certiorari by the Maury County and Rhea County trial courts, and the denial of his motion for interlocutory appeal by the Rhea County trial court. He also argues that the pretrial diversion statute does not prohibit diversion for more than one offense. After review, we affirm the denials of pretrial diversion and motions for writ of certiorari. We also conclude that the Rhea County trial court should have granted the defendant’s motion for interlocutory appeal but such error is of no effect in light of this court’s grant of an extraordinary appeal. We further conclude that the pretrial diversion statute does not prohibit diversion for more than one offense charged in the same indictment.

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