TRACY ROSE BAKER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jul 24, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William Caldwell Hancock, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tracy Rose Baker.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Assistant Attorney General; Ray Whitley, District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

The Appellant, Tracy Rose Baker, appeals the post-conviction court’s dismissal of her petition for post-conviction relief. The Appellant asserts that her guilty plea to criminal contempt charges is void due to constitutional infirmities stemming from the chancery court’s failure to conduct an in-court guilty plea acceptance hearing at the time of her guilty plea. Because we conclude that the Post-Conviction Procedure Act is not applicable to the Petitioner’s criminal contempt convictions, we affirm the post-conviction court’s dismissal of the Appellant’s petition.

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