State v. Thompson (Majority, with Dissenting)Annotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault and rape. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions. Thereafter, Defendant filed original and amended petitions for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, asserting ineffective assistance of counsel. The trial court granted the original and amended petitions for postconviction relief, concluding that counsel provided ineffective assistance and that the court was unable to say that counsel’s failures did not affect the outcome of the sentencing phase. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the trial court’s finding of prejudice was clearly erroneous.