DONNA MARIA VETRANO, ET AL. V. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Aug 8, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brandt M. McMillin, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Donna Maria Vetrano and Ronald David Coggins.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrée S. Blumstein, Solicitor General; and Jennifer L. Brenner, Senior Counsel, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): McBRAYER

Former inmate and her husband filed a complaint against the State of Tennessee, alleging that state employees negligently supervised and retained a prison guard who sexually assaulted the inmate. The Tennessee Claims Commission determined it lacked subject matter jurisdiction to hear the claim and dismissed the complaint. We conclude that the former inmate’s claim falls within a category of claims for which the Claims Commission has exclusive jurisdiction, specifically the “[n]egligent care, custody and control of persons.” Tenn. Code Ann. § 9-8-307 (Supp. 2016). We also conclude the complaint does not seek to hold the State liable for the willful, malicious, or criminal act of a state employee. Accordingly, we reverse.

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