Haile v. StateAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of first-degree assault and aggravated cruelty to animals. The court of special appeals affirmed the convictions. Petitioner petition for writ of certiorari, arguing (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his felony animal cruelty conviction, and (2) his attorney's failure, after the close of all evidence, to renew the motion for judgment of acquittal constituted ineffective assistance. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding (1) the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to support Petitioner's conviction of felony animal cruelty; and (2) it was unnecessary to address Petitioner's claim of ineffective assistance since it rested solely on his assertion that the evidence presented against him was insufficient to sustain his felony animal cruelty conviction.