STEVEN Q. STANFORD v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 19, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William B. Hickman (on appeal) and Joseph A. Fanduzz (at hearing), Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Steven Q. Stanford.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Robert W. Wilson, Assistant Attorney General; Jared Effler, District Attorney General; and Scarlett W. Ellis, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MONTGOMERY

The Petitioner, Steven Q. Stanford, appeals the Campbell County Criminal Court’s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief from his 2010 convictions for initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and from his effective fifteen-year sentence. The Petitioner contends that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel because (1) counsel failed to file a motion to suppress evidence obtained during a search of the Petitioner’s mother’s property and (2) counsel failed to explain two plea offers adequately. Although we affirm the judgment of the post- conviction court, we remand for the entry of a corrected judgment relative to the initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine conviction.

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