Blog Following the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

For the vast majority of criminal defendants, the court of criminal appeals is,  realistically, their “court of last resort.”  Sure, they could appeal to the state supreme court, file habeas petitions in federal court, etc.  But practically speaking, the court of criminal appeals is the last court to provide meaningful review for nearly all criminal defendants.  Given the importance of the court of criminal appeals for most clients, it is critical for defense lawyers to follow the court.

This blog is intended to aid lawyers and the public in staying up to date with the most recent and relevant cases from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.  Particular attention is paid to cases where trial courts are reversed.  Without further delay, here are the posts:

Failure to instruct on lesser-included offense leads to reversal of sexual assault convictions (Nov. 3, 2017)

First Degree Murder Conviction Reversed in 134-Page Opinion (Oct. 6, 2017)

“This case should serve as a cautionary tale for any prosecutor, defense attorney, or trial court who attempts to negotiate or accept a guilty plea involving concurrent state and federal sentencing.” (Oct. 6, 2017)

Sometimes, a “win” in General Sessions is actually a loss (Oct. 3, 2017)

Police dispatcher did not act as a government agent when he prank searched a fellow dispatcher’s phone and found child pornography (Sept. 26, 2017)

Post-Conviction Relief Granted Because of Release Eligibility Misinformation (Sept. 9, 2017)

Probation revocation reversed because of unreliable hearsay (Sept. 5, 2017)

Collective knowledge can justify a traffic stop (Aug. 28, 2017)

The Statute of Limitations for Post-Conviction Petitions is One Year (Aug. 21, 2017)

Failure to appear conviction reversed because of insufficient evidence (Aug. 18, 2017)

Divided appellate panel debates the proper standard for search of probationer’s home (Aug. 11, 2017)

Hindering secured creditor conviction reversed for insufficient evidence (Aug. 9, 2017)

Clay County Defendant’s Sentence Upheld (Aug. 8, 2017)

Do not raise ineffective assistance of counsel on direct appeal (Aug. 7, 2017)

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals orders a new sentencing hearing (July 24, 2017)

DUI Blood Results Suppressed Because Blood Drawn in the Wrong County (July 13, 2017)

You can’t remove a juror just because she’s black (May 16, 2017)

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Reverses Restitution Order in White County Case (March 24, 2017)

Improperly admitted statements lead to new trial (Dec. 16, 2016)

Prosecutor’s use of rap lyrics during closing argument leads to new trial (Nov. 2, 2016)

Tampering with evidence conviction overturned (Sept. 27, 2016)

Felony Vandalism Conviction Modified To Misdemeanor Vandalism Because of Insufficient Evidence (June 5, 2015)

Post-Conviction Granted Because Defense Attorney Failed to Obtain Impeaching Evidence Against Witness (Oct. 9, 2012)

Laying in bed with an escapee in his mother’s home is not substantial evidence of the offense of accessory after the fact (Sept. 19, 2001)


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