Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

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July 6, 1999
In a decision released Monday, a unanimous Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Donald Ray Middlebrooks, who was sentenced to death for torturing and murdering a 14 year-old Nashville...
June 21, 1999
The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously rejected an appeal by death row inmate Donald Wayne Strouth, sentenced to death for murdering a Kingsport merchant by hitting him in the head and slitting...
June 21, 1999
Arguments before the Tennessee Supreme Court in Promise Doe v. Don Sundquist, a case involving Tennessee’s adoption records law, will be aired at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, on Metro Government...
May 18, 1999
A death row inmate represented at trial by an attorney who abused drugs and alcohol and another lawyer with no capital case experience has been granted a new sentencing hearing based on his claim of...
May 17, 1999
The death sentence a Sullivan County jury imposed for a 1984 murder committed during a country store robbery is constitutionally valid, the Tennessee Supreme Court held Monday, rejecting an appeal by...
May 11, 1999
In an order filed Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected a petition to appeal filed by death row inmate Michael Angelo Coleman whose victim was shot to death during a 1979 Memphis robbery....
May 10, 1999
Circuit Court Judge Cornelia Clark of Franklin was selected Tuesday by the Tennessee Supreme Court as the state’s new administrative director of the courts. Clark was chosen from among 62 applicants...
March 15, 1999
The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied the third and final post-conviction appeal by Robert Glen Coe, sentenced to death for the 1979 kidnaping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Cary Ann Medlin of...
March 9, 1999
More than 800 students from 17 public and private high schools in Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties will participate April 14-15 in a program developed by the state Supreme Court to...
February 10, 1999
Elizabeth (Libby) Sykes, former director of the Tennessee Sentencing Commission, has been named by the state Supreme Court to serve as interim director of the Administrative Office of the Courts....
January 25, 1999
A death row inmate who killed his wife and her two teenage sons has no constitutional grounds on which to appeal his convictions and three death sentences, the Tennessee Supreme Court said Monday in...
January 11, 1999
Charles Ferrell, director of Tennessee’s Administrative Office of the Courts, announced Monday he will resign effective April 30.“There never is an ideal time to make such a decision, but after much...
January 4, 1999
The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied an appeal by death row inmate Olen Eddie Hutchison, convicted of conspiring to murder his victim to collect $800,000 in life insurance and other benefits.A...
January 1, 1999
Judges, lawyers, legal scholars, the media and others needing information about more than 500 first-degree murder cases in Tennessee can have the data at their fingertips with a new high-tech tool...
January 1, 1999
A retired Tennessee State University English professor has become the first non-lawyer vice chair of the state Board of Professional Responsibility which investigates complaints against attorneys and...
December 30, 1998
Chief Justice E. Riley Anderson of the Tennessee Supreme Court will administer the oath of office to Paul Summers as the state’s 25th attorney general at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in a public ceremony at the...
December 15, 1998
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Paul Summers of Somerville was selected Thursday by the Tennessee Supreme Court to succeed state Attorney General John Knox Walkup, who announced in August he would...
November 23, 1998
A capital case defendant who plans to use expert mental health testimony in an effort to avoid the death penalty must file a pretrial notice of intent and may be ordered to undergo a separate...
November 16, 1998
The public is entitled by law to view and obtain copies of most state government documents, including computerized records regardless of format, the Tennessee Supreme Court said Monday in a decision...
November 5, 1998
The jury’s sentence of death for a Memphis man convicted of killing an unarmed teenager was unanimously upheld Monday by the Tennessee Supreme Court.Kevin Burns received a death sentence for the 1992...
October 12, 1998
Municipal and General Sessions Court judges without law licenses are constitutionally prohibited in Tennessee from presiding over criminal cases without the defendants' approval, the state...
October 12, 1998
The public is invited to a reception for the Tennessee Supreme Court from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Montgomery County Civic Center.The reception, sponsored by the Montgomery and Robertson...
October 9, 1998
In an open selection process, the Tennessee Supreme Court will accept applications through Nov. 30 from attorneys interested in becoming the state’s next attorney general, Chief Justice Riley...
October 5, 1998
The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction and death sentence of Christa Gail Pike for the 1995 Knoxville murder of a 19-year-old Job Corps student who was kicked, stabbed,...
September 28, 1998
The torture and murder of a Memphis mother in the presence of her children was “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel,” the Tennessee Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling upholding the conviction...