Child support variance rule retained
The Department of Human Services has retained its 15 percent income change variance criterion for seeking a modification of child support orders that were set to expire on Dec. 31. The action came by emergency rule and deletes the provision that
could have led to a flood of modification petitions tied to the operation of the new income shares model. The emergency rule is effective immediately.
Other recommended changes to the child support guidelines are expected shortly based upon work of the department's advisory committee.
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| JAMES DUBOSE v. TONY PARKER, Warden, STATE OF TENNESSEE
James DuBose, Pro Se.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Seth P. Kestner, Assistant Attorney General;
and Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The Defendant, James DuBose, appeals the denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
The Defendant, serving a sentence of life in prison for first degree murder, raises four issues on
appeal: 1) that the claims raised in his petition for habeas corpus relief were not previously
adjudicated; 2) that his judgment of conviction is void because his indictment failed to allege an
offense; 3) that his judgment of conviction is void because it is based on an unconstitutional
statute; and 4) that the trial court erred in failing to appoint counsel for his habeas corpus
proceedings. Finding the denial of the Defendantís petition was appropriate, we affirm the
judgment of the trial court.
JERRY FAULKNER a/k/a JOSEPH FAULKNER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
Jerry Faulkner a/k/a Joseph Faulkner, Appellant, Pro Se.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Jennifer L. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney
General; and William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of
On January 27, 2004, the Shelby County Criminal Court accepted the guilty pleas of Jerry
Faulkner, also known as Joseph Faulkner, the petitioner, on three counts of aggravated robbery
and a single count of aggravated rape. The effective 20-year sentence was imposed to run
concurrently with another state sentence and ďall Federal convictions.Ē On April 13, 2004, the
petitioner, who was incarcerated in a federal facility in Memphis, filed a petition in the
conviction court for a writ of habeas corpus. Because the petitioner was in federal custody, the
habeas corpus court dismissed the petition, and the petitioner appealed. Following our review,
we affirm the order of the habeas corpus court.
JAMES EMMETT MOSES, JR. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
James Emmett Moses, Jr., Appellant, Pro Se.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Brian C. Johnson, Assistant Attorney General;
and Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.
The petitioner, James Emmett Moses, Jr., pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, two counts of
robbery, and theft of property under $500, for which he received an effective 26-year
incarcerative sentence. On direct appeal, the petitioner unsuccessfully challenged his sentences
as excessive. See State v. James Emmett Moses, Jr. v. State, No. W1999-01509-CCA-R3-CD
(Tenn. Crim. App., Jackson, Mar. 7, 2000) (hereinafter Moses I). The petitioner then sought and
was denied post-conviction relief. See James Emmett Moses, Jr. v. State, No. W2001-01394-
CCA-R3-PC (Tenn. Crim. App., Jackson, Feb. 22, 2002) (hereinafter Moses II). The petitioner
subsequently filed a habeas corpus petition alleging that he received an illegal sentence pursuant
to Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296, 124 S. Ct. 2531 (2004), and the habeas corpus court
summarily dismissed the petition. The petitioner now brings the instant appeal challenging that
denial, and after a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgment of
the lower court.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CURTIS PALMER
Mark Mesler, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Curtis Palmer.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney, Assistant Attorney
General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; Phillip Gerald Harris, Assistant District
Attorney General; and Patience Branham, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee,
the State of Tennessee.
Following a jury trial, Defendant, Curtis Palmer, was convicted of first degree felony murder in
the perpetration of aggravated burglary in count one of the indictment and first degree felony
murder in the perpetration of theft of property in the second count, and was sentenced to life
imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The trial court merged Defendantís conviction
for felony murder in count two into his conviction for felony murder in count one. In his appeal,
Defendant argues (1) that the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction on the charge of
felony murder; (2) that he was denied his right to a speedy trial; (3) that the trial court erred in
denying his motions to suppress; (4) that the trial court erred in its evidentiary rulings; (5) that
the trial court erred in failing to instruct the jury on voluntary manslaughter as a lesser included
offense of the charged offenses; and (6) that the prosecution engaged in prosecutorial misconduct
during closing argument. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the
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