WILLIAM L. VAUGHN v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 21, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William L. Vaughn, Wartburg, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Roger D. Moore, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

Following a remand from this court, the petitioner, William L. Vaughn, acting pro se, was permitted a second evidentiary hearing on certain ineffective assistance of counsel claims which he had not presented in the first hearing on his petition for post-conviction relief. As we will set out, he filed massive pleadings, complaining of a multitude of wrongs visited upon him, from the moment of his arrest through his direct appeal. The evidentiary hearing was lengthy and free-swinging, with the post-conviction court’s concluding that the petitioner’s claims were “incredible” and, ultimately, without merit. We agree. Doggedness cannot substitute for substance. The post-conviction court’s denial of relief is affirmed.

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