Belmont Criminal Law Journal


Student comments on the Tennessee Supreme Court decision “State of Tennessee v. Antoine Perrier”. The law now holds that the Tennessee legislature intended that the phrase “not engaged in unlawful activity” contained in the self-defense statute constitutes a condition on an individual’s privilege to not retreat prior to exercising self-defense. Next, the trial court now possesses the duty of determining whether a defendant was engaged in unlawful activity at the time of the alleged self-defense as to negate the applicable instruction. Those holdings are the newest additions to Tennessee law.


Criminal Law, Self-defense, Tennessee, Tennessee Supreme Court