Opinion Flash

June 2, 2004
Volume 10 — Number 106

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STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ERIC T. ARMSTRONG

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:                          

Stacey M. Brackeen, Franklin, Tennessee (on appeal), and Mark L.
Puryear, III, Franklin, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Eric
T. Armstrong.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner,
Assistant Attorney General; Ronald L. Davis, District Attorney
General; and Derek K. Smith, Assistant District Attorney General, for
the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

First Paragraph:

The appellant, Eric T. Armstrong, was convicted by a jury in the
Williamson County Circuit Court of aggravated robbery and especially
aggravated kidnapping.  Following a hearing, the trial court sentenced
the appellant to an effective sixteen year sentence in the Tennessee
Department of Correction.  On appeal, the appellant challenges the
sufficiency of the evidence, the denial of the motion to suppress Lara
Carter's identification of the appellant, the constitutionality of the
jury venire, and his conviction of especially aggravated kidnapping
under State v. Anthony, 817 S.W.2d 299 (Tenn. 1991).  Upon review of
the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgments of the
trial court.

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

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CARTER MASTERS

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:                          

Douglas A. Trant, Knoxville, Tennessee (on appeal), and James D.
White, Jr., Celina, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Carter
Masters.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Kim R. Helper, Assistant
Attorney General; and Owen G. Burnett, Assistant District Attorney
General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WADE

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Carter Masters, was convicted by a jury of two counts
of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, and
aggravated assault.  The trial court imposed concurrent sentences of
twenty years for each kidnapping, four years for the burglary, and
three years for the aggravated assault.  In this appeal of right, the
defendant asserts that he was denied due process because the mental
health expert retained by trial counsel was incompetent.  In the
alternative, he argues that trial counsel was ineffective for failing
to select a competent psychologist.  The defendant also asserts that
his due process rights were offended by the state's cross-examination
of the defense psychologist.  The judgments of the trial court are
affirmed.

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

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