TYRONE CHALMERS v. WAYNE CARPENTER, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Aug 5, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Paul Bruno, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tyrone Chalmers.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, II, Attorney General and Reporter; Scott C. Sutherland and Nicholas W. Spangler, Assistant Attorneys General, for the appellees, Wayne Carpenter, et al.

Judge(s): DINKINS

Capital defendant brought a declaratory judgment action seeking to enjoin his execution, asserting that he meets the statutory criteria of being intellectually disabled and, therefore, is ineligible to be sentenced to death. Defendants, the warden of the institution where he is incarcerated and the Tennessee Attorney General, moved to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction, that the suit was barred by the doctrine of sovereign immunity, and that the suit failed to state a claim for relief. The trial court granted the motion and dismissed the case. Finding no error, we affirm the holding of the trial court.

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