Eubanks v. StateAnnotate this Case
William Eubanks was convicted of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Eubanks subsequently filed a petition for postconviction relief, asserting that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to challenge his prosecution based on speedy trial and for failing to mount a constitutional challenge to the pedophile exception recognized by the Supreme Court under Ark. R. Evid. 404(b). The Court affirmed, holding (1) there was no violation of Eubanks' right to a speedy trial, and therefore, Eubanks' trial counsel was not ineffective for failure to assert a violation of Eubanks' right to a speedy trial; and (2) the failure of counsel to make a constitutional challenge to the established evidentiary rule of allowing for a pedophile exception in admission of evidence did not constitute an error so serious to rise to the level of ineffective assistance of counsel.