Sandrelli v. State (Majority)Annotate this Case
After a retrial, Appellant was convicted of four counts of rape. Appellant filed a petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, propounding three claims of ineffective assistance of counsel that allegedly occurred at his second trial. The circuit court denied the petition without a hearing. The Supreme Court remanded for a hearing on Appellant’s last two claims. On remand, after a hearing, the circuit court denied Defendant’s petition. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not clearly err when it concluded (1) that counsel’s decision to call no character witnesses during the trial was based on reasonable professional judgment, and (2) that counsel’s advice that Appellant not testify was based on reasonable professional judgment.