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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 3, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Steven D. Bagby, Assistant Public Defender, Blountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Steven Linton Griffith.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Greeley Wells, District Attorney General, and Barry P. Staubus, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): SMITH

Petitioner, Steven Linton Griffith, was convicted in Sullivan County of both the sale and delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school zone. See State v. Steve Griffith, No. E2008-01962-CCA-R3-CD, 2009 WL 1956713, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Knoxville, Jul. 8, 2009), perm. app. denied, (Tenn. Dec. 14, 2009). The trial court merged the convictions into a single judgment. Appellant appealed. Id. This Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court on appeal. Id. Appellant filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief in which he argued that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. After a hearing, the postconviction court denied relief. Appellant argues on appeal that the petition was improperly denied. After a review of the record, we determine that Petitioner failed to show by clear and convincing evidence that he is entitled to post-conviction relief. Accordingly, the judgment of the post-conviction court is affirmed.