August 2, 2001
Volume 7 — Number141

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00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers' Compensation Panel
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Howard H. Vogel
Knoxville, Tennessee
Editor-in-Chief, TBALink

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JACKIE F. CURRY
Court:TCCA

Attorneys:    

Darryl W. Humphrey, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jackie F.
Curry.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Mark A. Fulks, Assistant
Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General;
Robert L. Jolley, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the
appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WOODALL

First Paragraph:

The Defendant, Jackie F. Curry, appeals as of right his conviction for
three counts of aggravated rape.  The trial court sentenced the
Defendant to twenty-two (22) years for each count.  The sentences were
ordered to run consecutively to each other and consecutively to a
prior eight-year sentence for which the Defendant was on probation at
the time of this incident.  The Defendant raises the following three
issues in this appeal: 1) whether the evidence was sufficient to
sustain his convictions for aggravated rape; 2) whether the trial
court erred in permitting the State to impeach him with two prior
convictions for the sale of cocaine; and 3) whether the trial court
erred in sentencing the Defendant.  The judgment of the trial court is
hereby affirmed.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/curryjf.wpd


DONALD MITCHELL GREEN v. STATE OF TENNESSEE Court:TCCA Attorneys: Donald Mitchell Green, pro se. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; and Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WADE First Paragraph: The petitioner, Donald Mitchell Green, appeals the trial court's denial of post-conviction relief. In this appeal of right, the petitioner contends that the trial court erred by ordering a dismissal without an evidentiary hearing. The judgment is reversed and remanded to the trial court for the appointment of counsel and an evidentiary hearing. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/greendonaldm.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. BEN WARREN MILLER Court:TCCA Attorneys: Thomas McKinney, Jr. and Clyde L. Tootle, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ben Warren Miller. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Patricia C. Kussmann, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and Robert Montgomery, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated sections 55-10-601 to 55-10-617, the State of Tennessee filed a "petition and notice" to have the Appellant/Respondent, Ben Warren Miller, declared an Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender. The Appellant filed, in one pleading, an "Answer and Motion to Dismiss." In the answer, the Appellant admitted all material allegations which would support a judgment declaring him to be an habitual motor vehicle offender. In his motion to dismiss, the Appellant argued that no summons was issued with the petition, and the trial court violated the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure in signing an order which required, in part, that Appellant "may be held in violation of this order" if he did not appear and defend the petition to be declared an habitual motor vehicle offender. The trial court denied the motion to dismiss and rendered a judgment declaring Appellant to be an habitual motor vehicle offender. On appeal, the Appellant does not challenge the substantive grounds for having him declared an habitual motor vehicle offender. However, in three issues, he argues that the judgment should be reversed and the petition dismissed because: (1) The trial court's order entered subsequent to the filing of the petition required Appellant to appear and defend or "he may be held in violation of this order," (2) the trial court's order giving notice of the hearing on the petition was not signed by an assistant district attorney, (3) the trial court did not have the authority to issue an order directing the Appellant to appear at a hearing on the petition and did not have the authority to state in the order that he might be held in violation of the order if he did not appear and defend the petition. We affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/millerbw.wpd
KENNETH STOMM v. STATE OF TENNESSEE Court:TCCA Attorneys: Joe H. Walker, Public Defender, and Walter B. Johnson, II, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Kenneth Stomm. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Patricia C. Kussmann, Assistant Attorney General; and Scott McCluen, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WADE First Paragraph: The petitioner, Kenneth Stomm, appeals the trial court's denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus. The single issue presented for review is whether the petition was properly dismissed without an evidentiary hearing. The judgment is affirmed. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/stommken.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES KEVIN UNDERWOOD Court:TCCA Attorneys: Julie A. Rice, Knoxville, Tennessee (on appeal), and David F. Bautista, District Public Defender, and Jeffery Craig Kelly, Assistant District Public Defender (at trial), for the appellant, James Kevin Underwood. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Mark A. Fulks, Assistant Attorney General; Joe C. Crumley, District Attorney General; and Victor Vaughn, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: TIPTON First Paragraph: The defendant, James Kevin Underwood, was convicted of evading arrest, a Class E felony; driving on a revoked license, fourth offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia, the sentences to be served concurrently. Germane to this appeal, the defendant was sentenced for the evading arrest as a Range I offender either to two years in "house arrest" under a community corrections alternative program of which six months are to be served in jail, "day for day," or to six months in jail, day for day, followed by two years in a community corrections alternative program. Either way, the defendant contends (1) that the sentence exceeded the one-year sentence in his plea agreement and (2) that, in any event, the trial court cannot order him to serve six months day for day. We affirm the judgments for the two misdemeanor offenses, but we remand the evading arrest case for resentencing. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/underwoodjk.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DANIEL WADE WILSON Court:TCCA Attorneys: Stephen M. Wallace, District Public Defender; William A. Kennedy, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Daniel Wade Wilson. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Patricia C. Kussmann, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; Joseph E. Perrin, Assistant District Attorney; Barry P. Staubus, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: The Defendant, Daniel Wade Wilson, appeals as of right his convictions for second degree murder, first degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in the Sullivan County Criminal Court. The trial court merged the second degree murder conviction into the felony murder conviction, and the jury sentenced the Defendant to life imprisonment for the felony murder. The trial court sentenced the Defendant to twenty-three (23) years for the especially aggravated robbery conviction. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively. The Defendant raises the following four issues in this appeal: 1) whether the trial court erred in failing to charge all applicable lesser-included offenses; 2) whether the trial court erred in failing to instruct the jury on the natural and probable consequences rule; 3) whether the evidence was sufficient to sustain Defendant's convictions for first degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery; and 4) whether the trial court erred in sentencing the Defendant. The judgment of the trial court is hereby affirmed in part and reversed in part, and remanded to the trial court for a new trial on the felony murder charge in Count II and the especially aggravated robbery charge in Count III of the indictment. The case is further remanded for sentencing on the second degree murder conviction in Count I of the indictment. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/wilsondw.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LEWIS WOODY Court:TCCA Attorneys: Lewis Woody, Mountain City, Tennessee, Pro Se. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Patricia C. Kussmann, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; and Leon Franks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: The Defendant, Lewis Woody, filed a notice of appeal which we construe to appeal the judgments of conviction for two forgeries resulting from a negotiated plea agreement, and he also included within the notice, an appeal from the trial court's order denying his motion to tax costs to the State and to "quash execution of garnishment." For the reasons set forth herein, we dismiss his appeal. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/woodyl.wpd

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