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Following a jury trial, Appellant Julian Rueda was convicted of three drug-related offenses and was sentenced to a total of 600 months' imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed his convictions and sentence. Appellant subsequently filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief, asserting ten claims all alleging that trial counsel was ineffective. The trial court denied each of the allegations made by Appellant in his petition. In his appeal, Appellant contended that the circuit court erred in finding that his trial counsel did not render ineffective assistance in failing to file a motion to dismiss based on a speedy-trial violation. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that because any motion to dismiss based on speedy trial would have lacked merit, trial counsel was not ineffective for failing to make such a motion, and for this reason, the circuit court did not clearly err in its judgment.