Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 12/20/2014
Format: 12/20/2014
State of Tennessee v. Danny R. Morris - Dissenting
01C01-9506-CC-00206
Authoring Judge: Presiding Joe B. Jones
Trial Court Judge: Judge Allen W. Wallace

I respectfully dissent.


The crime committed by the appellant, Danny R. Morris, was despicable. I am sure that the jury, like myself, was enraged as the evidence unfolded. This atrocious crime was committed in the jury’s home county by two inmates who escaped from a prison in an adjoining county. Morris and Barrett were much younger than the victim. They feigned illness and acted as if one of them needed assistance. When the elderly victim stopped to lend assistance, Morris and Barrett took advantage of the victim’s act of kindness. Nevertheless, we as citizens must not lose sight of the fact that ours is a Nation of laws. These laws govern the conduct of every citizen. As this Court said in Hodges v. State, 491 S.W.2d 624, 626 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1972), cert. denied (Tenn. 1973): “[O]dious individuals are not governed by one law and the remaining citizens by another; all are protected by the same general law.”

Humphreys County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/09/96
State of Tennessee v. Barry Hughes
03C01-9410-CR-00454
Authoring Judge: Judge Paul G. Summers
Trial Court Judge: Judge R. Steven Bebb

The appellant, Barry Hughes, challenges, by extraordinary appeal, the trial court's judgment affirming the district attorney general's denial of his application for pretrial diversion. The appellant sought to divert two counts of official oppression, one count of official misconduct, and one count of fabricating evidence. The charges stem from allegations that, while performing his duties as a police officer, he planted cocaine in a civilian's car. We affirm.

Bradley County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/03/96
01C01-9307-CC-00218
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Allen W. Wallace
Cheatham County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/30/96
01C01-9307-CC-00218
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Cheatham County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/30/96
03C01-9410-CR-00391
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Douglas A. Meyer
Hamilton County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/26/96
01C01-9507-CC-00214
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Robertson County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/26/96
01C01-9505-CC-00153
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: W. Charles Lee
Bedford County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/26/96
01C01-9502-CC-00046
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: W. Charles Lee
Marshall County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/26/96
01C01-9502-CC-00046
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: W. Charles Lee
Marshall County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/26/96
01C01-9411-CC-00374
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Robert E. Burch
Cheatham County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/26/96
03C01-9509-CC-00281
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Monroe County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/25/96
03C01-9508-CR-00235
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Knox County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/25/96
03C01-9502-CR-00058
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: William R. Holt
Jefferson County Court of Criminal Appeals 04/25/96