ERNEST WILLARD DODD v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 14, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Nathan Scott Luna (on appeal), Franklin, Tennessee; and Daniel James Barnes (at hearing), Sparta, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ernest Willard Dodd.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Lisa Zavogiannis, District Attorney General; and Thomas J. Miner, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Petitioner, Ernest Willard Dodd, appeals as of right from the Warren County Circuit Court?s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief, wherein he challenged his convictions for initiating a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine and attempt to promote the manufacture of methamphetamine. On appeal, the Petitioner contends that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel based on counsel?s failure (1) to adequately advise him regarding the admissibility of his prior convictions if he chose to testify and (2) to call a “material” witness for the defense. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.