DERRICK SAWYERS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 12, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Derrick Sawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Amy Hunter, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

This matter is before the Court upon the State’s motion to affirm the judgment of the trial court by memorandum opinion pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Petitioner, Derrick Sawyers, filed a “Motion for Relief from Judgment Pursuant to T[enn.] R. Civ. P. Rule 60.02” in the Criminal Court for Davidson County, alleging that (1) his sentences were illegal and (2) the trial court violated his due process rights. The trial court treated the motion as a petition for writ of habeas corpus, it denied relief, and this appeal followed. This case meets the criteria for affirmance pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Accordingly, the State’s motion is granted, and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

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