BLAKE DELANEY TALLANT v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 16, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Leslie M. Jeffress, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Blake Delaney Tallant.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; and Steven C. Garrett, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The petitioner, Blake Delaney Tallant, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief, arguing that he was denied the effective assistance of trial and appellate counsel due to counsel’s failure to properly educate him on the importance of testifying in his own defense, to press the issue of the bill of particulars in the trial court or to raise it as an issue on direct appeal, and to include the jury questionnaires in the record on direct appeal. Following our review, we affirm the denial of the petition.

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