STATE OF TENNESSEE v. IBRAHIM TALAFHAH - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 21, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Comer L. Donnell, District Public Defender; E. Marie Farley (on appeal), Assistant Public Defender; and William E. Griffith (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ibrahim Talafhah.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; Tom P. Thompson, District Attorney General; and Thomas H. Swink, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MONTGOMERY

The Defendant, Ibrahim Talafhah, was convicted after a bench trial in the Wilson County Criminal Court of harassment, a Class A misdemeanor. See T.C.A. § 39-17-308(a)(2) (2014). The trial court sentenced the Defendant to serve ten days in jail with the balance of his eleven-month, twenty-nine-day sentence to be served on probation. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erred by denying him his constitutional right to a jury trial. We conclude that the Defendant was denied his right to a jury trial, and we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand the case for a new trial.

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