STATE OF TENNESSEE v. EBONY HOUSTON - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jun 26, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

M. Don Himmelberg, Nashville, Tennessee for the Defendant-Appellant, Ebony Houston.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; M. Todd Ridley, Assistant Attorney General; Tom P. Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; and Justin Harris, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

The Defendant, Ebony Houston, appeals the Wilson County Criminal Court’s finding of criminal contempt for failure to appear at a show cause hearing. The Defendant argues, and the State concedes, that the trial court violated her due process rights when it found her in contempt without providing notice or an opportunity to prepare for the hearing. Following our review, we reverse the Defendant’s conviction.

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