TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 2, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a defendant in a criminal case has no right to appeal a decision denying his request for the return of property that was seized during a criminal investigation when the defendant failed to file a pretrial motion to suppress the evidence. Ray Rowland of Memphis had property, including firearms, seized from him and he later pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by use or display of a deadly weapon. Rowland filed a motion for return of the firearms three years later. That motion was denied, but was granted on appeal. The Supreme Court reversed the Court of Criminal Appeals and dismissed the appeal.