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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 11, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Olin J. Baker, Charlotte, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joseph Meadows.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Wendell Ray Crouch, Jr., District Attorney General; and Margaret F. Sagi, Assistant District Attorney General for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Joseph Meadows, was indicted for initiating the process of the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Defendant filed a pretrial motion to suppress the evidence seized during the warrantless search of his home. The trial court denied the Defendant?s motion, and the Defendant pleaded guilty to initiating the process of the manufacture of methamphetamine, in return for the dismissal of the remaining counts and an eight-year sentence to be served on supervised probation. The Defendant reserved a certified question of law pursuant to Tennessee Rule of Criminal Procedure 37(b)(2) as to whether the search of his home by law enforcement was lawful. After review, we conclude that the search was lawful and thus, we affirm the trial court?s judgment.