Supreme Court Opinions

Format: 12/09/2016
Format: 12/09/2016
Michael Dean Bush v. State of Tennessee
03S01-9604-CC-00047
Authoring Judge: Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge Leon Burns, Jr.

In this capital case, the defendant, Michael Dean Bush, was convicted of Although not relevant to this appeal, the trial judge imposed a three-year sentence concurrent to the death penalty for the burglary conviction. 2 "Whenever the death penalty is imposed for first degree murder and when the judgment has become final in the trial court, the defendant shall have the right of direct appeal from the trial court to the Court of Criminal Appeals. The affirmance of th e conviction and the sentence of death shall be automatically reviewed by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Upon the affirmance by the Court of C rim inal Appeals, th e clerk shall docket the case in the Supreme Court and the case sha ll proceed in accordance with the T ennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure.” -2- premeditated first degree murder and first degree burglary.1 In the sentencing hearing, the jury found two aggravating circumstances: (1) “[t]he murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel in that it involved torture or serious physical abuse beyond that necessary to produce death;” and (2) “[t]he murder was committed for the purpose of avoiding, interfering with or preventing a lawful arrest or prosecution of the defendant or another.” Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-204(i)(5) and (6) (1991). Finding that the two aggravating circumstances outweighed mitigating circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury sentenced the defendant to death by electrocution.

Cumberland County Supreme Court 04/07/97
01S01-9608-OT-00167
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Supreme Court 03/24/97
State vs/ John Farris Hunter, III
01S01-9605-CC-00083
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Marshall County Supreme Court 03/24/97
State vs. Martin
01S01-9605-CR-00091
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Davidson County Supreme Court 03/17/97
Thomas vs State Bd. of Equalization
01S01-9601-CH-00002
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Davidson County Supreme Court 03/17/97
03S01-9603-CV-00032
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Supreme Court 03/10/97
03S01-9603-CC-00023
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Supreme Court 03/10/97
Reeser vs. Yellow Freight Systems
01S01-9603-CV-00042
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Supreme Court 02/24/97
02S01-9607-CH-00062
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Supreme Court 01/27/97
02S01-9509-CV-00074
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Supreme Court 01/27/97
01S01-9511-CH-00208
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Trial Court Judge: Cornelia A. Clark
Bedford County Supreme Court 01/27/97
01S01-9511-CH-00208
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Cornelia A. Clark
Bedford County Supreme Court 01/27/97
01S01-9511-CH-00208
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Cornelia A. Clark
Bedford County Supreme Court 01/27/97