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SUPREME COURT DISCRETIONARY APPEALS Grants & Denials List

Court: TSC

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC/2009/certlist_062909.pdf


CAREY FAULKNER v. CITY OF BARTLETT

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Clyde W. Keenan, Memphis, TN, for Appellant

Edward J. McKenney, Jr., Memphis, TN, for Appellee

Judge: HIGHERS

The appellant, a former police officer, filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the chancery court alleging that her due process rights were violated when the City of Bartlett terminated her employment. We affirm the trial court's finding that the appellant was an employee-at-will, and therefore, she had no protected property interest in her job.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/faulknerc_062909.pdf


KATHY MARIE POST v. RICHARD ALEXANDER POST

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Lance Brandon Mayes, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Richard Alexander Post.

Gloria Jean Evins, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the appellee, Kathy Marie Post.

Judge: BENNETT

In this post-divorce dispute, husband challenges the trial court's action on wife's petition for contempt on a number of grounds. We find no merit in any of these challenges and affirm the decision of the trial court. We further find that wife is entitled to her attorney fees on appeal and remand for a determination of the amount of fees owed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2009/postk_062906.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CHANCELLER CHATMAN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert Brooks (on appeal) and Edwin C. Lenow (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Chanceller Chatman.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Paul Goodman and Tracye Jones, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Chanceller Chatman, was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of one count of felony murder, one count of especially aggravated robbery, and four counts of aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the felony murder conviction, fifteen years for the especially aggravated robbery conviction, eight years each for two of the aggravated robbery convictions, and twelve years each for the remaining aggravated robbery convictions. The trial court ordered that the life sentence for felony murder and the fifteen-year especially aggravated robbery sentence be served concurrently to each other. The court further ordered that the aggravated robbery sentences be served consecutively to each other and consecutively to the life plus fifteen-year sentence, for an effective sentence of life plus forty years. On appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence in support of his felony murder conviction and the trial court's imposition of consecutive sentences. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/chatmanc_062909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DEANGELO DAVIS

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Lance R. Chism (at trial and on appeal), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Deangelo Davis.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Chris J. Lareau, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, Deangelo Davis, was convicted by a Shelby County jury of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, a Class A felony. For his conviction, the defendant received a sentence of twenty-five years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the defendant raises the following issues: (1) whether the trial court erred in denying the defendant's motion for a mistrial; (2) whether evidence of a fight between the defendant's cousin and the victim's uncle was properly admitted; and (3) whether the trial court erred in refusing to allow the defendant to impeach the victim's testimony with evidence of a prior conviction. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/davisd_062909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CHARLTON GARNER

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

James E. Thomas, Memphis, Tennessee (on appeal), and Samuel Perkins and David Kreher, Memphis, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Charlton Garner.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney, Senior Counsel; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Patience Branham and Marianne Bell, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

The defendant, Charlton Garner, was convicted by a Shelby County jury of second degree murder, a Class A felony; attempted second degree murder, a Class B felony; and reckless endangerment, a Class E felony. He was subsequently sentenced by the trial court to an effective sentence of twenty-eight years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he raises the single issue of sufficiency of the evidence with regard to each of the convictions. Specifically, he argues that the evidence presented at trial supports his theory of self-defense. Following review of the record, we affirm the judgments of conviction.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/garnerc_062909.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ARTERIO HOLMAN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert Wilson Jones, District Public Defender; Phyllis Aluko (on appeal) and Glenda Adams (at trial), Assistant Public Defenders, for the appellant, Arterio Holman.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Christopher West, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Arterio Holman, was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of simple possession of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver 26 grams or more of cocaine. The trial court merged the simple possession conviction with the possession with intent to deliver conviction and sentenced the defendant as a Range I offender to eleven years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he argues that (1) the trial court erred in allowing an officer to testify as an expert on drug trade, (2) the evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction for possession with intent to deliver more than 26 grams of cocaine, (3) the trial court imposed an excessive sentence, and (4) cumulative error compromised his rights to a fair trial and due process. After review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2009/holmana_062909.pdf


TODAY'S NEWS

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Legal News
Don't lie to the judge: Anderson held in contempt
Nathan Anderson was to be sentenced today on a perjury charge stemming from an accusation that he had practiced law without a license. When he showed up at the Sevier County Courthouse without representation asking for a delay because the lawyer he had retained could not be there, Circuit Court Judge Richard Vance took a recess. He soon discovered that the lawyer was actually in the courthouse but had not been retained by Anderson. Vance had Anderson taken into custody on a contempt of court charge and sentenced him to 10 days in jail.
The News Sentinel reports
Politics
Mae Beavers to leave Senate, run for mayor
Tennessee Republican Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers announced last week she will run for Wilson County mayor next year instead of seeking re-election to the General Assembly. She was elected to the Senate in 2002.
The Tennessean ran the story
Supreme Court Report
Court wraps up today, says goodbye to Souter
The court intends to finish its work for the summer today, Chief Justice John Roberts said. The court also will say goodbye to Justice David Souter, who has announced he will retire "when the court rises for the summer recess."
The News Sentinel reported this AP story
NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on the session's end
White firefighters get nod from high court in reverse discrimination case
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on behalf of white firefighters challenging a decision to throw out a promotional exam because no blacks got top scores. "Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer's reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote. The 5-4 ruling means that the federal appeals court opinion on the New Haven firefighters that was endorsed by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will not stand.
ABAJournal.com connects you to the story
Disciplinary Actions
Nashville lawyer suspended
On June 22 Nashville attorney Helen L. Cornell was suspended for six months by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, effective July 2. She violated the Rules of Professional Conduct by misrepresenting herself to a party whom she later added as a defendant in a lawsuit. She also misrepresented her identity to this third party and sought information without revealing the purpose of her communication.
Read the BPR release
Upcoming
U of M Law School grand opening set for January 2010
The grand opening of new facilities for the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is set for Jan. 16, 2010, and will feature performers from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, as well as nationally recognized jazz soloist, Joyce Cobb. Gourmet food and beverage stations will offer "Best of Memphis" small plates from well-known restaurants and law school students will host building tours. The black-tie-optional event is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees from across the city, state and country. There will be a VIP reception from 6 to 7 p.m., the grand opening from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by an after-party. Tickets are $250, with all proceeds benefiting the law school. For more information, contact Law Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey, or call her at (901) 678-1562.

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