TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 22, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that a trial court acted within its discretion in excluding from trial a defendant’s videotaped statements given in a post-polygraph interview. In so doing, the court reversed the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals. In reaching this decision, the court noted that a trial court has broad discretion in determining whether particular evidence should be admitted at trial. As a result, as long as the trial court’s action was an objectively reasonable decision, an appellate court should not substitute its judgment for that of the trial court. Instead, it should uphold that decision, even if the appellate court would have reached a different result. State of Tennessee v. Quintis McCaleb was authored by Chief Justice Jeff Bivins.