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In the field of Criminal Law and Procedure, the Tennessee Supreme Court might be said to have completed a normal, even typical, year; some new law was announced, and much existing law was reiterated and reshaped. The Court's respect for local precedent persisted undiminished. No Tennessee case was directly overruled, and Tennessee precedents were closely adhered to when available. Not a single dissent appeared in the cases discussed in this article. The brevity of appellate opinions--particularly their highly condensed fact paragraphs--makes critical analysis of them a difficult and somewhat risky procedure. Nevertheless, an attempt has been made in this article to add the analytical dimension to the descriptive one. Although one might like a somewhat more detailed treatment in some of the opinions, the holdings of the Court in this field--most of them written by Judge Prewitt--were usually sensible and desirable.