Thacker v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)Annotate this Case
In 2011, Appellant pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder and kidnapping. In 2015, Appellant filed a petition for writ of error coram nobis, alleging that the prosecutor withheld certain video evidence in violation of Brady v. Maryland, that his guilty plea was coerced, and that he was actually innocent of the charges. The circuit court denied the petition. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) because Appellant could not show that the video was material to and would have altered the outcome of the case, the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in denying the petition; (2) Appellant’s claims of a coerced guilty plea were deficient and unpersuasive; and (3) Appellant’s failure to obtain a ruling by the circuit court on his claim of actually innocence precluded appellate review.