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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 to convict of a crime. There must be evidentiary corroboration that a crime occurred. The Tennessee Supreme Court recently re-examined the Tennessee version of the corpus delicti rule and issued an opinion (State v. Bishop, W2010-01207-SC-R11-CD (Tenn. 3-6-2014) adopting a 'modified trustworthiness' standard in examining the evidentiary sufficiency of extrajudicial confessions.

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 to convict of a crime. There must be evidentiary corroboration that a crime occurred. The Tennessee Supreme Court recently re-examined the Tennessee version of the corpus delicti rule and issued an opinion (State v. Bishop, W2010-01207-SC-R11-CD (Tenn. 3-6-2014) adopting a 'modified trustworthiness' standard in examining the evidentiary sufficiency of extrajudicial confessions.

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 to convict of a crime. There must be evidentiary corroboration that a crime occurred. The Tennessee Supreme Court recently re-examined the Tennessee version of the corpus delicti rule and issued an opinion (State v. Bishop, W2010-01207-SC-R11-CD (Tenn. 3-6-2014) adopting a 'modified trustworthiness' standard in examining the evidentiary sufficiency of extrajudicial confessions.

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