STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TANYA FINNEY - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 1, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald L. Melton, Public Defender, and Sean G. Williams, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Tanya Finney.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Nicholas W. Spangler, Assistant Attorney General; William Whitesell, District Attorney General; and Jennings Jones, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The defendant pled guilty to one count of simple possession of marijuana, reserving a certified question of law concerning the legality of her detention and warrantless search by police. After carefully reviewing the record and the arguments of the parties, we conclude that the defendant has failed to clearly outline the scope and limits of the question presented at the trial court level and thus has failed to properly preserve her certified question. We dismiss the appeal accordingly.

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