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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 7, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Edward M. Yarbrough and Andrew J. Ross, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William Glenn Wiley.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and John C. Zimmerman and Shannon Poindexter, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The petitioner, William Glenn Wiley, appeals the denial of post-conviction relief from his convictions for first degree felony murder and aggravated robbery, arguing that he is entitled to a new trial based on “the State’s systematic late-disclosures of exculpatory evidence,” which rendered his trial counsel presumptively ineffective under United States v. Cronic, 466 U.S. 648 (1984). In the alternative, he argues that he received ineffective assistance of counsel under the Strickland standard based on counsel’s inadequate response to the latedisclosed evidence and failure to call two exculpatory witnesses at his trial. Finally, the petitioner argues that he is entitled to a new post-conviction evidentiary hearing because of the post-conviction court’s denial of his request for a continuance and an order to have the potentially exculpatory fingerprint evidence analyzed. Following our review, we affirm the post-conviction court’s denial of the petition.