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DA appeals judge's ruling in Covert case

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By The Staff

JACKSBORO—A man charged with child exploitation because he allegedly possessed child pornography will have to take his case to the Tennessee Court of Appeals following a motion filed by Assistant District Attorney Scarlett Ellis.
On Nov. 4, Judge Shayne Sexton agreed that Blaine Covert’s attorney in his 2012 child pornography plea was ineffective. Covert said his attorney, Michael Clement, was only interested in having him plead to the charges instead of investigating the then-22-year-old’s mental health history.  
Clement, who testified for the state, maintained that Covert exhibited no signs of mental issues.
Ellis’ motion means the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Knoxville will now take up the case. A date for that hearing has not been set.