Gilliland v. StateAnnotate this Case
Appellant Michael Gilliland was convicted of the rape and second-degree sexual assault of his fourteen-year-old stepdaughter and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's conviction and sentence. Appellant subsequently filed a petition for postconviction relief, arguing that his counsel was ineffective for failing to make specific and timely objections to the State's rebuttal testimony. The circuit court denied the petition. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that because Appellant opened the door to the testimony he found objectionable, the showing of prejudice required under Strickland v. Washington was lacking, and therefore, the circuit court did not err in finding that Appellant's counsel was not ineffective.