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Ineffectiveness of Postconviction Counsel

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//February 7, 2024//

Ineffectiveness of Postconviction Counsel

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//February 7, 2024//

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WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Clarence A. Thomas

Case No.: 2022AP000731

Officials: White, C.J., Graham, and Geenen, JJ.

Focus: Ineffectiveness of Postconviction Counsel

Clarence A. Thomas appeals a circuit court order denying his WIS. STAT. § 974.06 (2021-22) postconviction motion. In his motion, Thomas asked the court to vacate a judgment of conviction from 1999 and allow him to withdraw his guilty pleas based on his postconviction counsel’s alleged ineffectiveness. The appeals court concludes that the court did not err in denying Thomas’s postconviction motion because it is procedurally barred under § 974.06(4) and State v. Escalona-Naranjo, 185 Wis. 2d 168, 184-85, 517 N.W.2d 157 (1994).

Affirmed.

Decided 01/30/24 

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