Opinion Flash

June 5, 2003
Volume 9 — Number 102

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JOHN D. COOKE, III v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:

Gregory D. Smith, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, John D.
Cooke, III.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; P. Robin Dixon, Jr.,
Assistant Attorney General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney
General; and Angela R. Scott, Assistant District Attorney General, for
the appellee, State of Tennessee.                      

Judge: GLENN

First Paragraph:

The petitioner appeals the dismissal of his petition for
post-conviction relief, arguing that the post- conviction court erred
in finding he received the effective assistance of counsel.  Based on
our review, we affirm the order of the post-conviction court
dismissing the petition.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/cookejohnd.wpd
								
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. PHILLIP FRANCIS MORALES Court:TCCA Attorneys: Mack Garner, District Public Defender, Maryville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Phillip Francis Morales. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Angele M. Gregory, Assistant Attorney General; Mike Flynn, District Attorney General; and John Bobo, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: SMITH First Paragraph: A Blount County grand jury indicted the defendant on one count of simple possession or casual exchange of Lorazepam, a schedule IV controlled substance, and on one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver an E felony amount of marijuana, a schedule VI controlled substance. After unsuccessfully seeking suppression of the items seized in the search involved in this case, the defendant waived his right to a trial by jury. At the conclusion of a bench trial, the lower court found the defendant guilty as charged. The trial court later sentenced the defendant to concurrent terms of eleven months and twenty-nine days for the simple possession offense and eighteen months for the possession with intent to sell or deliver offense. Though otherwise placed on supervised probation, the trial court ordered the defendant to serve sixteen days of these sentences on eight consecutive weekends. The defendant subsequently filed a new trial motion alleging that the trial court erred in not suppressing the aforementioned evidence and that the proof is insufficient to support the E felony conviction. The trial court denied this motion, and the defendant appeals the denial to this Court raising the same issues. After a review of the record and relevant authorities, we find that the defendant's suppression claim has merit though the sufficiency allegation does not. Because of our finding regarding the suppression matter, we must reverse and remand the defendant's convictions. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/morales.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MARK PERRY Court:TCCA Attorneys: Robert Wilson Jones, Public Defender; and Dianne M. Thackery (at trial) and Tony N. Brayton (on appeal), Assistant Public Defenders, for the appellant, Mark Perry. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; P. Robin Dixon, Jr., Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Stephen P. Jones and Jennifer S. Nichols, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: RILEY First Paragraph: The defendant appeals the jury's verdict convicting him of premeditated first degree murder for which he received a life sentence. He contends there was insufficient evidence to establish he acted with premeditation. We affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/perrymark.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. BETSY F. SPEER Court:TCCA Attorneys: Leslie I. Ballin, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Betsy F. Speer. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Braden H. Boucek, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Camille McMullen, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: MCGEE OGLE First Paragraph: The appellant, Betsy F. Speer, was convicted by a jury in the Shelby County Criminal Court of driving under the influence. The appellant subsequently acknowledged that she was guilty of driving under the influence, second offense. The trial court sentenced the appellant to the mandatory forty-five days in jail, followed by a probationary period of ten months and fourteen days. The trial court also revoked the appellant's driver's license for a period of two years and imposed a seven hundred fifty dollar ($750) fine. On appeal, the appellant contends that the State failed to comply with her Rule 16 motion for discovery. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/speerbf.wpd

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