Bullman v. StateAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of charges stemming from the sexual assault of his stepdaughter. Defendant subsequently filed a petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). One day before his reply brief was due, Defendant sought leave to file an amended petition. The district court granted the motion but prohibited him from asserting new claims. Defendant then filed his amended PCR petition, which the district court denied. The Supreme Court (1) affirmed the district court’s limitation of new claims in Defendant’s amended PCR petition; but (2) reversed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s PCR petition and remanded for reconsideration of Defendant’s amended PCR petition by a new judge because the judge that ruled on the petition had an impermissible conflict of interest based on his previous representation of Defendant’s wife in a divorce proceeding.