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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 3, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Mark A. Renken (on appeal) and Leslie I. Ballin (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Alexander Jackson.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Caitlin Smith, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Katherine B. Ratton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The defendant, Alexander Jackson, was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of two counts of rape, which the trial court merged and sentenced him to a term of nine years. On appeal, he argues that his right against self-incrimination was violated by a statement of the prosecutor during closing argument which he asserts amounts to plain error. After review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.