Tennessee Supreme Court Decisions 2022

State v. Enix  
Date: September 13, 2022
Docket Number: E2020-00231-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of criminal appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of premeditated first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery, holding that Defendant was not entitled to…

State v. Deberry  
Date: August 30, 2022
Docket Number: W2019-01666-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a statute that repeals a criminal offense does not "provide for a lesser penalty" within the meaning of the criminal savings statute, but rather, a person who commits an offense that is later…

Shaw v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville  
Date: August 18, 2022
Docket Number: M2019-01926-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgments of the lower courts in this appeal addressing mootness when a law challenged in the trial court is altered or amended after the trial court issued its final judgment and while the…

Donovan v. Hastings  
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: M2019-01396-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals upholding that trial court's determination that the plaintiff homeowner's award of attorneys fees and costs under Tenn. Code Ann. 20-12-119(c) was limited…

Newsom v. Tennessee Republican Party  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: M2022-00735-SC-R10-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: Starbuck filed a nominating petition seeking to be placed on the ballot for the Republican primary for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives. The Tennessee Republican Party, through…

Phillips v. State of Tennessee  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: W2019-01927-SC-R11-PC

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillips was convicted of offenses, including felony murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping, and especially aggravated burglary. The Court of Criminal Appeals modified…

State v. Linville  
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: W2019-02180-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the trial court convicting and sentencing Defendant for multiple drug offenses that occurred in a drug-free zone within 1,000 feet of a city park, holding that the offenses…

Recipient of Final Expunction Order v. Rausch  
Date: May 27, 2022
Docket Number: M2021-00438-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Court held that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) lacked the authority to refuse to comply with a final expungement order issued by the trial court. After Plaintiff…

Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County v. Tennessee Department of Education  
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: M2020-00683-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning a constitutional challenge to the Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program (the ESA Act), Tenn. Code Ann. 49-6-2601, the Supreme Court held that the ESA Act does not implicate the Home…

State v. Moon  
Date: April 20, 2022
Docket Number: M2019-01865-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's convictions, holding that the trial court committed reversible error by allowing impeachment evidence of a material defense witness without sufficient evidence, and the error was not…

Akilah Moore et al. v. William Lee et al.
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: M2022-00434-SC-RDO-CV
State v. Dagnan  
Date: March 4, 2022
Docket Number: M2020-00152-SC-R11-CD

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal concerning the revocation of Defendant's probation the Supreme Court affirmed the court of criminal appeals' decision affirming the judgment of the trial court revoking Defendant's probation and ordering…

Cooper v. Mandy  
Date: January 20, 2022
Docket Number: M2019-01748-SC-R1-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgments of the court of appeals and the trial court concluding that the Health Care Liability Act, Tenn. Code Ann. 29-26-101 to -122, did not apply to Plaintiffs' medical battery and…

Kampmeyer v. State  
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: M2019-01196-SC-R11-CV

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of Melissa Kampmeyer's loss of consortium claim brought after her husband, Steven Kampmeyer, was injured in an accident, holding that Tenn. Code Ann. 9-8-402(a)(1) requires…

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