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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 18, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John Adrian Day, pro se.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Senior Counsel; Scott McCluen, District Attorney General, and Roger Delp, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The defendant was indicted on numerous charges stemming from his involvement in a domestic dispute over goldfish that occurred on October 22, 2002. After a trial by jury in which the defendant was represented by counsel, the defendant was found guilty of domestic assault, a Class A misdemeanor, resisting arrest, a Class B misdemeanor, and assault, a Class B misdemeanor. He was sentenced to six months probation on each count, with these sentences to be served concurrently. After his conviction, the defendant dismissed his trial counsel, proceeded pro se, and filed pleadings in the trial court that were construed as a motion for new trial. The trial court dismissed the motion, and the defendant now raises numerous challenges to his convictions, including claims that we liberally construe as a challenges to the sufficiency of the convicting evidence, challenges to the trial court’s decisions concerning the admissibility and inadmissability of certain evidence, a challenge to the trial court’s failure to provide certain jury instructions, and claims that his due process and speedy trial rights were violated. After carefully reviewing the record and the arguments of the parties, we hold that the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to support the defendant’s convictions, and we hold that the majority of the defendant’s remaining claims have been waived. We also hold that the defendant’s due process rights were not violated by the trial court. Consequently, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.