Charland v. StateAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of three counts of rape and sentenced to seventy-five years' imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed Appellant's convictions and sentences. Appellant subsequently filed a timely postconviction petition, arguing that his trial counsel was ineffective for not calling certain witnesses and for operating under a methamphetamine-induced psychosis when she was representing Appellant. The circuit court denied postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Appellant failed to demonstrate how he was prejudiced by trial counsel's performance; (2) the circuit court's written findings were adequate; and (3) Appellant was not entitled to an evidentiary hearing.