Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 07/29/2015
Format: 07/29/2015
State vs. Copeland
03C01-9605-CC-00196
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: D. Kelly Thomas, Jr.
Blount County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/13/97
State vs. Brown
03C01-9604-CC-00140
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Hancock County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/13/97
State vs. Violet
03C01-9603-CC-00135
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Mayo L. Mashburn
McMinn County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/13/97
State vs. Hicks
03C01-9602-CC-00064
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Washington County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/13/97
State vs. Robert Gober
M1999-01425-CCA-R3-CD
Authoring Judge: Judge David H. Welles
Trial Court Judge: Robert W. Wedemeyer
The Defendant was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault. For these crimes, he was sentenced to concurrent terms of eight years to be served in the Department of Correction as a Range II, multiple offender. On appeal, he challenges the sufficiency of the convicting evidence and argues that he was improperly sentenced. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.
Robertson County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/11/97
State of Tennessee v. Randy Anderson - Dissenting
01C01-9412-CC-00406
Authoring Judge: Judge Paul G. Summers
Trial Court Judge: Judge Jim T. Hamilton

I respectfully disagree with my colleagues in this case. I do not believe that the prosecutor's remarks concerning the appellant's intention to plead guilty prejudiced him or deprived him of a fair trial. As pointed out by the majority, Judge v. State1 provides five factors to be considered in assessing the prejudicial effect of improper argument. The five factors are:

1. The conduct complained of viewed in context and in light of the facts and circumstances of the case.
2. The curative measures undertaken by the court and the prosecution.
3. The intent of the prosecutor in making the improper statement.
4. The cumulative effect of the improper conduct and any other errors in the record.
5. The relative strength or weakness of the case.

Maury County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/07/97
State of Tennessee v. John W. Gilliam
01C01-9603-CC-00105
Authoring Judge: Judge William M. Barker
Trial Court Judge: Judge Cornelia A. Clark

The Appellant, John W. Gilliam, appeals as of right his conviction and consecutive sentence for one count of the unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon. He argues that the evidence introduced at trial was insufficient to sustain his conviction and that the trial court erred when it ordered his sentence for that crime consecutive to another sentence for rape. We have reviewed the record on appeal and find no merit to the Appellant’s contentions and, therefore, affirm the trial court’s
judgment.

Williamson County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/07/97
State of Tennessee v. Judone A. Lee and William C. Waters
01C01-9603-CR-00081
Authoring Judge: Judge William M. Barker
Trial Court Judge: Judge Seth W. Norman

The State of Tennessee appeals as of right the Davidson County Criminal Court’s dismissal of the Appellees’ indictments for possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver. The trial court found that the Appellees’ protection against former jeopardy had been violated in that the Appellees had already been punished for their crimes by the State’s seizure of two vehicles used in the drug sale. The State argues on appeal that the civil forfeiture of the Appellees’ vehicles does not amount to punishment pursuant to the double jeopardy clauses of the United States and the Tennessee Constitutions. We agree and reverse the trial court.

Davidson County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/07/97
Anderson vs. State
03C01-9606-CC-00245
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: James E. Beckner
Greene County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/30/97
State vs. Tolley
03C01-9604-CC-00162
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Arden L. Hill
Carter County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/30/97
Hunt vs. State
03C01-9603-CC-00126
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: James E. Beckner
Hamblen County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/30/97
03C01-9603-CC-00095
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Rex Henry Ogle
Cocke County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/30/97
State vs. Brian Martin
02C01-9410-CC-00212
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Fayette County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/30/97