Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 10/02/2014
Format: 10/02/2014
03C01-9501-CR-00004
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: James E. Beckner
Hancock County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/11/96
01C01-9503-CC-00063
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Lee Russell
Marshall County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/11/96
01C01-9411-CC-00391
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: W. Charles Lee
Marshall County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/11/96
01C01-9408-CC-00286
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Jim T. Hamilton
Maury County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/11/96
01C01-9404-CR-00154
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Seth W. Norman
Davidson County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/11/96
Jack Layne Benson vs. State
M1999-01649-CCA-R3-PC
Authoring Judge: Judge Gary R Wade
Trial Court Judge: W. Charles Lee
The petitioner, Jack Layne Benson, appeals the trial court's dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. Convicted in 1996 of first degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery, and sentenced to consecutive terms of life and 24 years, the petitioner contended that he was entitled to post-conviction relief on the grounds that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel at trial and on direct appeal. In this appeal, the petitioner argues that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to adequately communicate, for failing to adequately investigate, and for failing to obtain a transcript of the preliminary hearing. The petitioner argues that his appellate counsel was ineffective for failing to present additional issues on direct appeal. Because the petitioner has been unable to establish both deficiency in the performance of his counsel and prejudice in consequence thereof, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.
Bedford County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/10/96
State of Tennessee v. Arnold V. Porter
01C01-9410-CC-00353
Authoring Judge: Judge Joseph M. Tipton
Trial Court Judge: Judge Gerald L. Ewell, Sr.

The defendant, Arnold V. Porter, appeals from a jury conviction in the Circuit Court of Coffee County for two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, a Class E felony. The defendant received two two-year sentences as a Range I, standard offender to be served concurrently in addition to a fine of twenty-five hundred dollars in each count. In this appeal as of right, he presents the following issues:


I. whether the evidence is sufficient to support guilty verdicts for felony reckless endangerment,
II. whether he was denied a fair trial because the jury did not represent a fair cross-section of the community,
III. whether the trial court imposed an excessive sentence, and
IV. whether the trial court abused its discretion in raising his bond pending appeal.

Coffee County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/05/96
State of Tennessee v. Darryl Gene Farmer
01C01-9409-CC-00328
Authoring Judge: Judge William M. Barker
Trial Court Judge: Judge Charles D. Haston

The appellant, Darryl Gene Farmer, appeals as of right pursuant to Rule 3 (b) of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure from his conviction of murder in the first degree following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Warren County. The appellant was sentenced to life in prison. In this appeal he presents five (5) issues for our review.


(1) Whether the evidence was sufficient for a rational trier of fact to find the appellant guilty of first degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt;
(2) Whether the indictment against the appellant was invalid because of irregularities in the selection of the venire and/or the presence of an unauthorized individual during grand jury proceedings;
(3) Whether certain statements made by the prosecuting attorneys during closing argument constituted prosecutorial misconduct;

(4) Whether the trial court erroneously admitted into evidence statements made by the appellant on the night of his arrest;
(5) Whether the trial court erroneously admitted into evidence statements made by the decedent.


After a thorough review of the record in this case, the applicable law, and arguments of counsel, we conclude that with regard to issues one (1) through three (3) no reversible error appears in this case. However, because the record is inadequate with regard to whether the appellant’ s right to counsel was violated during police questioning, we remand the case for further factual findings on issue number four (4). We conclude that error exists with regard to issue number five (5).

Warren County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/05/96
State of Tennessee v Carla Jo Fitch - Concurring
01C01-9209-CC-00290
Authoring Judge: Judge Penny J. White
Trial Court Judge: Judge William Charles Lee

I concur with Judge Cornelius' reversal of this case, but write separately to address other issues.

Lincoln County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/05/96
State of Tennessee vs. Carla Jo Fitch
01C01-9209-CC-00290
Authoring Judge: Special Judge Allen R. Cornelius, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge W. Charles Lee

A Lincoln County jury convicted Carla Jo Fitch of murder in the first degree. The trial court approved the verdict and imposed a sentence of life in the Tennessee State Penitentiary for Women. Her motion for a new trial was denied, and she has appealed to this Court. The defense presents four main issues, of which the first three issues have sub-issues.

Lincoln County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/05/96
03C01-9304-CR-00135
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Johnson County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/29/95
02C01-9505-CR-00120
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Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/28/95
02C01-9505-CC-00119
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: C. Creed Mcginley
Hardin County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/28/95