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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 22, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jesse Lords, Nashville, Tennessee for the appellant, Michael Webster.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia Lee, Senior Counsel; Glenn Funk, District Attorney General; Janice Norman and Sarah Davis, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Petitioner, Michael Webster, appeals as of right from the Davidson County Criminal Court’s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, the Petitioner contends that his trial counsel was ineffective in the following ways: (1) she failed to inform him of his preliminary hearing and waived his right to appear without his permission; (2) she did not adequately communicate with him; (3) she did not consult with him to develop a “reasonable” trial strategy;; (4) she did not fully investigate or present witnesses; (5) she did not request a mistrial following “possible jury panel contamination”;; and (6) she failed to make appropriate objections during his cross- examination. Following our review, we conclude that the Petitioner is not entitled to relief, and the judgment of the post-conviction court is therefore affirmed.