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Tennessee Supreme Court to revisit "constructive possession" in State v. Robinson
Tennessee Supreme Court to revisit "constructive possession" in State v. Robinson

by Jay Perry It’s not an uncommon situation: late at night a car full of people is pulled over by police. Inside the car the police find some illicit drugs, but no one claims them. Who do the drugs belong to? This is a key question because here in Tennessee it unlawful to ...

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Blog posts in May, 2012

  • On Extraordinary Appeal, the Tennessee Supreme Court Opines on the Grant of New Trials in the First-Degree Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

    by Stevie Phillips On May 24, the Tennessee Supreme Court entered a Rule10 Order addressing the question of whether Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood erred by ...

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  • Chattanooga National Cemetery-Memorial Day 2012

    By 1870, more than 12,800 interments were complete by Lee Davis Yesterday after bike ridding and enjoying some ice cream in the sun, I took my two ...

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  • Tennessee’s New Expungement Statute Goes into Effect July 1

    By Stevie Phillips Criminal Procedure - As enacted, this law authorizes persons to petition for expungement of records of conviction for certain ...

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  • Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals says stops based on dirty license plates constitutional

    by Lee Davis State of Tennessee v. Eric A. Martin Eric Martin was stopped by a police officer for violation of a the law requiring that a car license ...

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  • Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Says that Post-Conviction Petitions Must Contain Specific Facts, Defendants Can’t Simply Check Boxes

    by Lee Davis MICHAEL DESHAY PEOPLES, JR. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE The Petitioner in this case, Michael Deshay Peoples, Jr. , was indicted for ...

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  • Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Affirms Revocation of Probation for Weapons Possession

    by Lee Davis STATE OF TENNESSEE V. NICHOLAS CLOWER Nicholas Clower pled guilty to two counts of sale and delivery of less than 0.5 grams of cocaine. ...

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  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals: Is Evading Arrest a Violent Felony?

    by Lee Davis US v. Doyle This case concerns whether a defendant’s prior conviction for evading arrest is a “violent felony” for purposes of the Armed ...

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  • Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals: Probation Revocation Fine if Not Done Arbitrarily

    by Lee Davis Judge Rebecca Stern (Times-Free Press Photo) Defendant, Garry Lee Nance appealed a revocation of his probation and order that he serve ...

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  • Federal Judge Grants Class-Action Certification in NYC 4th Amendment Violation Suit

    New York City by Jay A. Perry A Federal Judge in New York recently granted class-action status to potentially thousands of plaintiffs in a suit ...

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