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Posted by: Landry Butler on Apr 13, 2017

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals Board

Attorneys 1:

Tillman W. Payne, III, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Casey J. Lawson.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Ruth Anne Thompson, Senior Counsel; Tom P. Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; and Howard Chambers, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

The Petitioner, Casey J. Lawson, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and theft of property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $10,000. He timely filed a petition for post-conviction relief; following a hearing on the petition, the post-conviction court denied relief. On appeal, the Petitioner alleges that he received ineffective assistance of counsel because trial counsel’s advice to plead guilty was deficient and because trial counsel failed to argue several pending motions before the Petitioner pled guilty. He also argues that his pleas were unknowing and involuntary because the State coerced him into pleading guilty by moving to revoke his bail and because trial counsel moved to withdraw from the representation. After a thorough review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.