WILLIAM T. JOHNSON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Dec 8, 2014

Head Comment: With Concurring Opinion

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John Allen Brooks, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, William T. Johnson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Ahmed A. Safeeullah, Assistant Attorney General; Neal Pinkston, District Attorney General; and Jason Demastus, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

The Petitioner, William T. Johnson, appeals the Hamilton County Criminal Court’s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, the Petitioner claimed (1) he was denied effective assistance of counsel because his trial counsel was absent during a portion of jury deliberation and when the jury returned its verdict, and (2) because the trial court failed to secure the Petitioner’s waiver of counsel’s presence. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.