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Recent Decisions From the Tennessee Supreme Court

State v. Williams  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-00946-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for aggravated assault but modified his sentence, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction but the trial court erred in sentencing Defendant to...

Abdur'Rahman v. Parker  
Date: October 8, 2018
Docket Number: M2018-01385-SC-RDO-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing death-sentenced inmates’ challenge to Tennessee’s current three-drug lethal injection protocol, holding that the inmates failed to establish that the...

Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman, ET Al. v. Tony Parker, Et Al. (Dissenting)
Date: October 8, 2018
Docket Number: M2018-01385-SC-RDO-CV
Tennessee v. Frazier  
Date: September 26, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-02134-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The question these consolidated cases presented for the Tennessee Supreme Court's review centered on whether the trial court erred in suppressing evidence seized from the defendants’ residences in the 19th Judicial Distr...

State v. Decosimo  
Date: August 23, 2018
Docket Number: E2017-00696-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case challenging the constitutionality of Tenn. Code Ann. 55-10-413(f), the Supreme Court held that the Defendant’s constitutional challenges failed. The statutory scheme at issue here imposes a fee upon persons...

State v. Lowe  
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: M2014-00472-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Exclusionary Rule Reform Act (ERRA), Tenn. Code Ann. 40-6-108, represents an impermissible encroachment by the legislature upon the Supreme Court’s authority and responsibility to adopt ex...

State v. Daniel  
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: M2015-01073-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant’s motion to suppress a blood sample drawn from Defendant pursuant to a search warrant because the arresting officer failed to leave a copy of...

Nunley v. State  
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Number: W2016-01487-SC-R11-ECN

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether a Brady claim is cognizable in the context of a petition for writ of error coram nobis and whether Appellant’s petition for a writ of error coram nobis should be dismissed as time-barred...

Smith v. Board of Professional Responsibility  
Date: June 26, 2018
Docket Number: W2017-00247-SC-R3-BP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the chancery court reversing the decision of a hearing panel denying Attorney’s petition to be reinstated to the practice of law in Tennessee following his disbarment and ordering...

Smith v. Tennessee National Guard  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: M2016-01109-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s claim brought against Defendant pursuant to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, 38 U.S.C. 4301 to 4335 (USERRA), accrued prior to July 1, 2014 and remained barred by soverei...

Coleman v. Olson  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: M2015-00823-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court, after the abatement of a divorce action, may remedy a violation of the statutory injunction imposed by Tenn. Code Ann. 36-4-106(d)(2), which prohibits parties after a divorce complaint is served from chang...

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