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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 7, 2014

Head Comment: CORRECTION: On the bottom of page 2, next to last line, "Freshwater v. State, 160 S.W. 3d 548, 553 (Tenn. Crim. App.1995)" has been changed to "Freshwater v. State, 160 S.W. 3d 548, 553 (Tenn. Crim. App. 2004)"

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Richard Lynn Norton, Russellville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michelle L. Consiglio-Young, Assistant Attorney General; C. Berkeley Bell, Jr., District Attorney General; and Ritchie Dale Collins, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): PAGE

According to petitioner, Richard Lynn Norton, in 1990, he pleaded guilty to escape and to a violation of the Motor Vehicle Habitual Offenders Act. Subsequently, he filed the instant petition for writ of error coram nobis in 2013, claiming that the Tennessee Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Walls, 62 S.W.3d 119 (Tenn. 2001), constitutes newly discovered evidence that renders his escape conviction void. The coram nobis court summarily dismissed the petition. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the coram nobis court.