Ashby v. StateAnnotate this Case
Appellant Clarence Ashby was found guilty of rape, for which a sentence of thirty years' imprisonment was imposed. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant subsequently filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, alleging (1) he was denied due process by not being tried in juvenile court, (2) there was no DNA evidence to establish his identity as the offender, (3) witness statement were unreliable and inadmissible, and (4) he was not afforded effective assistance of counsel at trial. The circuit court denied Appellant's petition. Appellant appealed and filed several motions relating to his appeal. The Supreme Court declared the motions moot and dismissed the appeal, holding that because Appellant failed to state cognizable claims, he did not meet his burden of demonstrating a basis for a writ of habeas corpus to issue.