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Tennessee Corpus Delicti Rule Modified

‘Corpus delicti’,” a Latin term meaning “body of the crime,’ is a criminal law concept wherein there must be some proof that a crime occurred before a person can be convicted of it. In Tennessee, and other U.S. jurisdictions, it is the concept justifying the principle that a criminal defendant’s extrajudicial confession alone is not sufficient

False Confession Defense Evidence Excluded

Tennessee courts recognize that false confessions do sometimes occur. In a case where the State’s case includes an out-of-court confession from the Defendant, that evidence must usually be addressed in some way by the defense, if it cannot be excluded. In the recent Tennessee case of State v. Mays, W2012-00607-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 3-7-2014), the defense in a felony murder

Inmate Petitions for a Longer Sentence

Under Tennessee law, an illegal sentence can be corrected at any time. In the recent case of Lee v. State, W2013-01088-CCA-R3-CO (Tenn.Crim.App. 3-7-2014), an inmate serving time for multiple convictions (two felony drug offenses and a weapon offense) concurrently, filed a motion with the trial court to correct his judgments to impose consecutive sentences, thereby increasing the length of

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Knoxville Criminal Defense Lawyer | DUI Law Firm | TN

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