Hansler v. State (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
Defendant entered a negotiated plea of nolo contendere to rape and was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. Defendant later filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1 seeking to have the judgment vacated on the ground that his counsel provided ineffective assistance. The trial court denied relief. Defendant appealed and filed a motion for a “default judgment” and appointment of counsel. The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s order denying the Rule 37.1 petition and declared moot the motion seeking a default judgment and appointment of counsel, holding that the Rule 37.1 petition lacked facts to support Defendant’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel.