Houston loses car-chase appeal

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By Damon Lawrence

Rocky Houston will not be getting a new trial in his car-chase case.
The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals released an opinion on Monday denying his request.
“We affirm the judgments of the trial court,” the opinion said.
On April 1, 2010, a Roane County jury found Houston guilty of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest. The case stemmed from a 2004 police chase that ended with his pickup truck flipped on its top.
Houston, who handled the appeal himself, argued there was insufficient evidence and asked the Court of Criminal Appeals to order a new trial in the case. The court concluded the evidence was sufficient to support the convictions.
That’s bad news for Houston. He was indicted in U.S. District Court last month on 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating him last year. The ATF quietly had a video camera installed on a public utility pole on Dogtown Road that allegedly captured Houston in possession of firearms. He was arrested in Kingston at United Community Bank on Jan. 11.
Houston made several other requests in his appeal, which were also denied. One asked the court to order the preparation of something called a “vital statistic audit.”
The opinion said, “This court is without the authority to order the preparation of such a document and, accordingly, this matter is without merit.”
Houston also asked for Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, who presided over the chase trial, to be investigated for violating the code of judicial conduct, the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions. That request was also denied.