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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 12, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Eric Parker, Clifton, Tennessee, pro se.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; Barry P. Staubus, District Attorney General; and Kaylin K. Render, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

Pro se petitioner, Eric Parker, appeals the Sullivan County Criminal Court’s summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, he argues that his petition contains sufficient factual support to establish colorable claims for relief and that the post-conviction court erred by dismissing his petition without a hearing. Upon review, we reverse the judgment of the post-conviction court with regard to the petitioner’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim and remand for appointment of counsel and an opportunity to amend the petition for post-conviction relief as it relates to that claim. In all other respects, the judgment of the post-conviction court is affirmed.