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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 17, 2016

Head Comment: With Concurring Opinion by Judge Holloway

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jonathan Harwell and Scott Carpenter, Assistant District Public Defenders, for the appellant, Lance Elliott Falcon.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Charme P. Allen, District Attorney General; and Christopher Rodgers and Kevin Teeters, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WITT

The defendant, Lance Elliott Falcon, appeals his Knox County Criminal Court jury convictions of rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, and sexual battery by an authority figure, arguing that the trial court improperly commented on the defendant's credibility in front of the jury, that the trial court erred in its instructions to the jury, that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions, that the sentence is excessive, and that the cumulative effect of the errors at trial entitles him to a new trial. Discerning no reversible error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.