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Bonelaw Client Lane College Hosts Tennessee Supreme Court

Bonelaw Client Lane College Hosts Tennessee Supreme CourtLeft to right - Peter C. Woolfolk, President & CEO of Communication Strategies Dr. Logan C. Hampton, President of Lane College James A. Crumlin, Jr., Bone McAllester NortonThe Tennessee Supreme Court met on November 30 at longtime Bone McAllester Norton client Lane College to hear oral arguments in two criminal cases.  The court presided at the Jackson, Tennessee college as part of the SCALES (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students) project.  The project, which has been operational for over twenty years, has allowed hundreds of students to gain first-hand knowledge of the Tennessee legal system and the function of the appellate courts.  James A. Crumlin, Jr., who leads the Bonelaw team representing Lane College, attended the reception sponsored by Bone McAllester Norton that followed the day’s events.  More than 100 connected to the state-wide program appeared at the event, including Tennessee Supreme Court Justices and many state and local dignitaries.  Lane College is the first Historically Black College or University to host the event.

Additional information about the day as well as about the SCALES project can be found at these links:

Lane College hosts high court cases, The Jackson Sun

The SCALES Project

The two cases included:

  • Tommy Nunley v. State of Tennessee - This case reaches the Court after both the trial court and Court of Criminal Appeals denied the petitioner’s request to reopen his case based on alleged newly discovered evidence.  The Court will consider whether the trial court correctly treated the petition for writ of error coram nobis as a petition for DNA testing and whether the petitioner is entitled to coram nobis relief on the ground that the State withheld exculpatory evidence.  In addition to these two issues raised by petitioner, the Court requested the parties address whether the Court of Criminal Appeals should have affirmed the trial court’s summary dismissal of the petitioner’s coram nobis petition as barred by the statute of limitations.
  • Tiffinne Wendalyn Gail Runions, Individually and on behalf of her minor child, Laileean Wendalee Scott v. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District, et al. - This case comes to the Court by way of an interlocutory appeal. The Supreme Court granted review of this case in order to determine whether the trial court correctly granted the plaintiff’s motion to amend her complaint in order to substitute as a party defendant Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District in place of Bolivar General Hospital, Inc.
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