REGINALD TUTTON v. TENNESSEE BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 19, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Reginald Tutton, Henning, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Bill Young, Solicitor General, Jennifer L. Brenner, Senior Counsel, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, et al.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

Inmate was serving a 47-year sentence for rape and attempted first degree murder. Inmate had a parole hearing in 2011, when he had 19 years of his sentence left to serve. Parole was denied, and Inmate’s next parole hearing was scheduled to take place six years later. Inmate challenged Parole Board’s decision to defer his next parole hearing for six years. The trial court held the Board acted lawfully in deferring Inmate’s next parole hearing for six years. We affirm the trial court’s judgment on appeal. Board members serve for staggered six-year terms, and Inmate will not be denied the opportunity for new Board members to review his request for parole six years from the date of his last hearing.

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