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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 29, 2013

Head Comment: With concurring opinion.

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joy S. Kimbrough, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Lamar Parrish Carter.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Shannon Poindexter, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

This is an interlocutory appeal, pursuant to Tennessee Rule of Appellate Procedure 9, from the trial court’s grant of a mistrial based upon a “manifest necessity.” The Defendant, Lamar Parrish Carter, appeals the trial court’s ruling, arguing that his attorney’s cross-examination of a co-defendant about her range of punishment, which was also the range of punishment for the Defendant, was not improper and did not warrant a mistrial. After a thorough review of the record and the relevant law, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.