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On January 14, 2009, the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals had an opportunity to revisit the law on the voluntariness of a guilty plea. In Shockley v. State of Tennessee, a Davidson county grand jury indicted the petitioner/defendant on four counts of rape of a child and nine counts of aggravated sexual battery. Under a plea agreement, the defendant pled guilty to only four counts of aggravated sexual battery in Tennessee. The trial court then imposed an effective sentence of sixteen years in
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Post-Conviction Relief Does Not Affect Disbarment Order
An Oklahoma lawyer who was disbarred as a result of convictions for stalking and felony distribution or attempted distribution of obscene or indecent material was granted post-conviction relief after the disbarment order...
Ind. Decsions - Supreme Court issues two today
In Shawn E. Norris v. State of Indiana, a 9-page, 5-0 opinion, Justice Dickson writes:Four years after his guilty plea, conviction, and sentence for child molesting, the defendant sought post-conviction relief on grounds of newly discovered evidence...
Convicted lawyer who obtained post-conviction relief reducing crimes to misdemeanors denied reinstatement
A lawyer disbarred as a result of a felony stalking conviction involving his obsession with his legal secretary had the underlying conviction reduced to a misdemeanor in post-conviction proceedings...
Whoops - Tennessee Prison Releases Murderer Serving Life Sentence By Mistake
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a convicted murderer to its list of Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives. The TBI said Friday that Edgar Bailey Jr., 35, was inadvertently released from the South Central Correctional Facility in Clifton, Tenn...
TN has its first conviction for spousal rape
For years, Tennessee refused to prosecute men accused of raping their wives -- there was an exemption specifically written into the law. That changed a few years ago, and now the state has its first conviction under the new rules.
Ind. Decisions - Court of Appeals issues 2 today (and 11 NFP)
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For publication opinions today (2): In William E. Wright v. State of Indiana , a 13-page opinion, Judge Riley writes:Appellant-Petitioner, William E. Wright (Wright), appeals the post-conviction court?s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief...