ANITA KAY BROUGHTON V. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Nov 27, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Thomas J. Tabor, Jr., Tazewell, Tennessee, for the appellant, Anita Kay Broughton.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; Lori Phillips-Jones, District Attorney General; and Amanda Hathcock Sammons, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Anita Kay Broughton, appeals the denial of her petition for post-conviction relief. The petitioner was convicted of first degree premeditated murder and received a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. On appeal, she contends that she received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. Specifically, she contends that trial counsel was ineffective by failing to pursue a defense of diminished capacity despite ample proof that the petitioner suffered from a mental condition. She also challenges the accuracy of the post- conviction court’s order denying relief. Following review of the record, we affirm the denial of post-conviction relief.

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