Theft of Real Property

Case:  State of Tennessee v. Tabitha Gentry, aka Abka Re Bay Issue:  Does a person commit theft by occupying a house and preventing entry by the owner? Facts:  The Defendant occupied a vacant house that was in the process of being sold … [Read more...]

Self-Defense

Case:  State of Tennessee v. Antoine Perrier Issues:  Should the trial court or jury determine whether the defendant was “engaged in unlawful activity” in a self-defense case? What is the proper interpretation of that phrase? Facts:  The … [Read more...]

Alternative Sentencing

Case:  State of Tennessee v. Kevin E. Trent Issue:  Did the trial court err in rejecting alternative sentencing? Facts:  Defendant entered into a plea agreement to vehicular homicide by intoxication for an eight year sentence with the … [Read more...]

Tax Overpayment Refund

Case:  Chuck's Package Store et al. v. City of Morristown Issue:  Must a taxpayer pay “under protest” in order to later challenge overpayment? Facts:  Six liquor Stores sued the City to refund a portion of inspection fees that had been … [Read more...]

Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations

Case:  John Howard Story et al. v. Nicholas D. Bunstein et al. Issue:  When does a legal malpractice claim accrue? Facts:  Attorneys represented Clients in an underlying lawsuit against two defendants. One defendant was dismissed by the … [Read more...]

Aggravated Robbery

Case:  State of Tennessee v. Antonio Henderson and Marvin Dickerson Issue:  May a defendant argue during closing argument that an offense was not aggravated robbery because the injury occurred after the taking of property? Facts:  … [Read more...]

Personal Injury Medical Expenses

Case:  Jean Dedmon v. Debbie Steelman, et al. Issue:  What medical expenses may be offered at trial where a hospital accepts payment less than the originally-billed amount? Facts:  Personal injury Plaintiffs submitted expert testimony of … [Read more...]

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