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Reginald Dion Hughes v. Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole (Dissent)
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: M2015-00722-SC-R11-CV
Aragon v. Aragon  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-02292-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court entered a divorce decree between Mother and Father that incorporated an agreed parenting plan that did not designate a primary residential parent. After the divorce, Father spent the majority of the resid...

Hardy v. Tournament Players Club at Southwind, Inc.  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: W2014-02286-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee asserted a private right of action against Employer under the Tennessee Tip Statute, Tenn. Code Ann. 50-2-107, for Employer’s failure properly to pay tips, gratuities, and service charges. The trial court grante...

Emory v. Memphis City Schools Board of Education  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: W2014-01293-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Rogelynn Emory, a full-time tenured teacher in the Memphis City School System, was terminated after the Memphis City Schools Board of Education concluded after a hearing that there was ample evidence of Emory’s unsatisfa...

Brennan v. Tennessee Board of Parole  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: M2014-01591-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Appellant pleaded guilty to attempted rape of a child. That same year, Appellant began serving his sentence. On March 26, 2013, a Tennessee Board of Parole hearing officer conducted a parole hearing for Appellan...

State v. Pruitt  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: M2013-02393-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for, inter alia, two counts of first degree premeditated murder. The trial court denied Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence seized from his residence, ruling that the Exclusionary Rule Reform A...

State v. Flowers  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: M2014-01744-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of stalking. The conviction was based, in part, on Defendant’s act of posting disparaging signs about the victim on the victim’s private property and on the property of the victim's employer, the...

Wallis v. Brainerd Baptist Church  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: E2015-01827-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s husband collapsed and died after participating in an exercise class at a fitness facility owned and operated by Church. Plaintiff filed a wrongful death action against Church alleging that Church negligently...

State v. Davidson  
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: E2013-00394-SC-DDT-DD

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of multiple counts of first degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, and facilitation of aggravated rape. The Court of C...

State v. Gibson  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: M2014-00598-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of facilitation of possession with intent to deliver 0.5 grams or more of cocaine, an offense proscribed by Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-417. Because the jury found that the facilitation occurred within...

State v. Whited  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: E2013-02523-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of nine counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, thirteen counts of observation without consent, and other offenses arising from his hidden-camera videot...

State v. Reynolds  
Date: November 3, 2016
Docket Number: E2013-02309-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and other crimes arising from a single-vehicle accident that killed two occupants of the vehicle. Defendant filed a motion to suppress any evidence derived from...

State of Tennessee v. Corrin Kathleen Reynolds (Dissenting)
Date: November 3, 2016
Docket Number: E2013-02309-SC-R11-CD
Martin v. Powers  
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: M2014-00647-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant drove a car he had rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Enterprise) into Plaintiff’s knee. At the time of the incident, Plaintiff was insured under a policy issued by IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company (IDS)...

State v. Martin  
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: W2013-02013-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of carjacking and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed on appeal. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1)...

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