Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 12/08/2016
Format: 12/08/2016
03C01-9506-CR-00162
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Greene County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/20/96
03C01-9502-CR-00049
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Sevier County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/20/96
02C01-9508-CC-00227
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: John Franklin Murchison
Madison County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/17/96
02C01-9504-CC-00114
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Madison County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/17/96
02C01-9409-CC-00193
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Madison County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/17/96
02C01-9309-CC-00201
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Jon Kerry Blackwood
Court of Criminal Appeals 05/17/96
02C01-9404-CC-00082
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: John Franklin Murchison
Henderson County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/17/96
01C01-9506-CC-00166
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Sequatchie County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/16/96
01C01-9704-CR-00129
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Wilson County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/13/96
03C01-9510-CC-00297
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Blount County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/10/96
03C01-9505-CR-0
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Trial Court Judge: Frank L. Slaughter
Sullivan County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/10/96
State of Tennessee vs. Danny R. Morris
01C01-9506-CC-00206
Authoring Judge: Judge John H. Peay
Trial Court Judge: Judge Allen W. Wallace

The defendant, Danny R. Morris, was convicted at a jury trial of aggravated robbery, a Class B felony. The trial court sentenced the defendant as a Range I offender to a term of confinement of twelve years in the Department of Correction.

Humphreys County Court of Criminal Appeals 05/09/96
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