IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THE STATE OF
Appeal No. CRC 03-74 APANO
Opinion filed ___________________.
Appeal from a decision of the Pinellas County Court
County Judge Thomas Freeman
James Walsh, Pro Se
THIS MATTER is before the Court on James Walsh’s appeal from a decision of the Pinellas County Court denying his motion for post-conviction relief. After reviewing the record this Court affirms the decision of the trial court.
The defendant raises four issues, three of which involve ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Ineffective assistance of counsel claims are governed by Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984). To sustain an ineffective assistance of counsel claim, the defendant must show that his counsel’s performance was deficient and that the deficiency prejudiced his case.
This Court agrees with the trial court’s decision that the defendant failed to demonstrate that his attorney’s acts or omissions constituted deficient performance. Neither did the defendant demonstrate any prejudice as a result of his attorney’s performance. Therefore, the defendant is not entitled to relief. The trial court has already corrected the fourth issue, an alleged sentencing error.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the decision of the trial court to deny the defendant’s motion for post-conviction relief is affirmed.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at
James R. Case
Nancy Moate Ley
________________________ John A. Schaefer
cc: State Attorney
County Judge Freeman