Supreme Court Opinions

Format: 08/29/2014
Format: 08/29/2014
State vs. Yeargan
01S01-9604-CC-00080
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Supreme Court 11/24/97
State vs. Yeargan
01S01-9604-CC-00080
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Supreme Court 11/24/97
03S01-9512-CC-00133
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Sevier County Supreme Court 11/17/97
State vs. Charles A. Pinkham, Jr.
02S01-9611-CR-00096
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Supreme Court 11/17/97
Hutton vs. Johnson
01S01-9705-CH-00101
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Trial Court Judge: James L. Weatherford
Giles County Supreme Court 11/17/97
State vs. Utley
01S01-9604-CR-00120
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Supreme Court 11/17/97
03A01-9704-CV-00111
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Hamilton County Supreme Court 11/14/97
Shirley Shelburne v. Frontier Health
E2000-02551-SC-R11-CV
Authoring Judge: Justice Janice M. Holder
Trial Court Judge: Thomas J. Seeley, Jr.
Plaintiff, both individually and as next friend of her minor son, brought suit against Carter County, Frontier Health, and Woodridge Hospital for the wrongful death of her husband. The trial court granted summary judgment to Frontier and Woodridge. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that Frontier and Woodridge could not be held vicariously liable for the acts or omissions of their employee because he was entitled to immunity as a state employee. We granted review to determine whether summary judgment was properly granted in light of our decision in Johnson v. LeBonheur Children's Medical Center, 74 S.W.3d 338 (Tenn. 2002). We hold that Johnson governs the present case and that Frontier and Woodridge are not immune from liability for the acts or omissions of their immune employee. Accordingly, summary judgment was not appropriate.
Carter County Supreme Court 11/12/97
Hunter vs. Brown
03S01-9607-CV-00070
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Supreme Court 11/10/97
Evans & Arnold vs. Board of Paroles, et. al.
01S01-9610-CH-00210
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Davidson County Supreme Court 11/10/97
State of Tennessee v. Larry Wayne Stokes
01S01-9701-CC-00006
Authoring Judge: Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge Henry Denmark Bell

 Larry Wayne Stokes, the appellant, was convicted in the Circuit Court of Williamson County of rape of a child, in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-522 (Supp. 1995). He currently serves a fifteen-year sentence in the Department of Correction.

Williamson County Supreme Court 11/03/97
State of Tennessee v. Roger Dale Hill, Sr.
01S01-9701-CC-00005
Authoring Judge: Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge James L. Weatherford

We accepted the State’s application for review in this cause in order to determine the validity of an indictment which charged aggravated rape.1 The Court of Criminal Appeals held the indictment void and the subsequent conviction invalid because the language of the indictment failed to allege a culpable mental state.

Wayne County Supreme Court 11/03/97
State of Tennessee v. Bobby Ed Begley
01S01-9607-CR-00134
Authoring Judge: Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge J. Wyatt Randall, Jr.

We granted the defendant’s application for permission to appeal in order to determine whether the trial court abused its discretion1 in admitting testimony concerning the results of a certain method of DNA analysis. While we have previously considered the admission of the results of DNA analysis using the “restriction fragment length polymorphism” (RFLP) method, we address for the first time the admission of testimony regarding DNA analysis using the “polymerase chain reaction” (PCR) method. PCR is to be distinguished from RFLP, the method more statistically precise and firmly established in both the scientific and legal community. After a jury-out hearing, the trial court admitted expert testimony about the results of the PCR analysis performed on the defendant’s clothing, and the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the trial court’s determination.

Davidson County Supreme Court 11/03/97