JEFFERY GAYLON DOUGLAS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 11, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

J. Colin Morris, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeffery Gaylon Douglas.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; James G. (“Jerry”) Woodall, District Attorney General; and Beth C. Hall, Assistant District Attorney General Pro Tem, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Petitioner, Jeffery Gaylon Douglas, filed a petition for post-conviction relief attacking his convictions for rape and sexual battery on the basis of ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The post-conviction court denied relief following an evidentiary hearing, finding that the Petitioner had failed to prove his allegations by clear and convincing evidence. In this appeal as of right, the Petitioner contends that trial counsel was ineffective by improperly advising him to testify at his trial. After our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

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