MARIA BETH REYNOLDS v. WILLIAM REYNOLDS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 15, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Trudy L. Bloodworth and Robert Thomas Vaughn, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William Christopher Reynolds.

Attorneys 2:

Allison Elizabeth Cooley and David A. Kozlowski, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Maria Beth Reynolds.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

Wife filed a criminal contempt petition against Husband alleging seven violations of the order of protection she obtained against him. The trial court found Husband guilty of six of the seven counts of criminal contempt and, after considering each count of contempt individually, sentenced him to a total of 28 days in jail to be served consecutively. Husband challenges five of the six findings of criminal contempt and the sentence. Husband also challenges the exclusion of his witness based on her violation of Tennessee Rule of Evidence 615. We have determined the trial court did not abuse its discretion in excluding Husband’s witness for violating Rule 615. We have also determined the evidence supports the finding that Husband violated the order of protection on each of the five counts he challenges and that the sentence imposed is appropriate. Therefore, we affirm the trial court in all aspects.

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