Flemons v. State (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
Appellant entered nolo contendere pleas in two cases. The judgment imposed an aggregate sentence of 360 months’ imprisonment in the two criminal cases, in conjunction with the court’s granting a petition to revoke the suspended sentences. Appellant appealed the revocation order, but the court of appeals affirmed the judgment and granted the appellate attorney’s motion to withdraw. Appellant then filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel. After an evidentiary hearing, the trial court dismissed the petition. Appellant appealed and also filed motions seeking leave to file a belated reply brief, leave to file a supplemental abstract, and an order for polygraph examinations and to stay the proceedings. The Supreme Court affirmed the denial of postconviction relief and declared the motions moot, holding that trial counsel’s assistance was not constitutionally deficient.