ROBERT ERIC COLLINS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 5, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Wayne R. Stambaugh, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Robert Eric Collins.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; C. Berkeley Bell, Jr., District Attorney General; and Alex Pearson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): TIPTON

The Petitioner, Robert Eric Collins, appeals from the Hawkins County Criminal Court’s denial of post-conviction relief from his two guilty plea convictions for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, Class C felonies, and his effective three-year community corrections sentence. On appeal, the Petitioner contends that counsel provided ineffective assistance by (1) failing to advise him properly of potential conflicts of interest and (2) forcing him to plead guilty by telling him that he could not receive a fair trial in Hawkins County. We affirm the judgement of the trial court.

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