ALEJANDRO NEAVE VASQUEZ v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 28, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Leah Ruth Wilson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Alejandro Neave Vasquez.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney General; and John Zimmerman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Petitioner, Alejandro Neave Vasquez, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to deliver 300 grams or more of cocaine in a drug-free school zone and possession with intent to deliver 300 grams or more of cocaine in a drug-free school zone. He received concurrent twenty-year sentences for each count, for a total effective sentence of twenty years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief alleging that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel. After a hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. On appeal, petitioner argues that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel because trial counsel: (1) failed to utilize an interpreter during all meetings and at trial; (2) advised petitioner not to testify; and (3) failed to adequately explain the school-zone enhancement. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

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