State of Tennessee v. Glover P. Smith

This is a case that originated in Rutherford County. The defendant reported his wife missing on December 6, 2007. After an investigation he was charged with fabricating evidence and filing a false report. He was convicted. His appeal raises issues on the sufficiency of evidence and double jeopardy.


  1. Whether a defendant's conviction for fabricating or tampering with evidence is valid when the acts supporting that conviction occurred prior to any law enforcement agency having been notified that a crime may have been committed.
  2. Whether multiple convictions of giving a false report violate the prohibition against double jeopardy embodied in the Fifth Amendment and made applicable to states through the Fourteenth, when statements made by the defendant were made to different officers of one law enforcement agency.


  1. Opinion of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, July 6, 2012
  2. Application for Permission to Appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court, Sept. 4, 2012
  3. Brief of the State of Tennessee, April 22, 2013
  4. Reply Brief of Glover P. Smith, May 22, 2013
  5. Case Summary with Explanatory Materials, Supplied by the Court for MTSU SCALES Students and Faculty
  6. Student Handouts/Worksheets, on Federalism, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Role of Precedent, and Case Study Procedure
  7. Student Handout on the Judicial Branch of Tennessee State Government
  8. MTSU SCALES Handbook