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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 20, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joseph T. Howell, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, George Jones.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Senior Counsel; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Shaun A. Brown, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Petitioner, George Jones, contends that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel at trial, effectively depriving him of his constitutional right to counsel. Specifically, the Petitioner claims that trial counsel failed to do the following: investigate the facts of and adequately prepare for his case; prepare him for his trial testimony; and advise him of the potential consequences of his decision to testify. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable authorities, we discern no error and affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.