April 30, 2009
DARRELL W. CLIFFORD, PETITIONER AND APPELLANT
STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA, RESPONDENT AND APPELLEE
Appeal from the District Court of Rolette County, Northeast Judicial District, the Honorable Michael G. Sturdevant, Judge.
[¶1] Darrell Clifford, formerly known as Darrell Red Paint, appeals from the district court's order denying his application for post-conviction relief. The district court dismissed Clifford's application for post- conviction relief finding his application was "without any legal or factual basis."
[¶2] Clifford's application for post-conviction relief represents a misuse of process under N.D.C.C. § 29-32.1-12. See Steen v. State, 2007 ND 123, ¶ 13, 736 N.W.2d 457 (holding a misuse of process occurs if an applicant for post-conviction relief "presents a claim for relief which the applicant inexcusably failed to raise either in . . . [prior proceedings], or if the applicant files multiple applications containing a claim so lacking in factual support or legal basis as to be frivolous"). We summarily affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(7).
[¶3] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J.
Daniel J. Crothers
Mary Muehlen Maring
Carol Ronning Kapsner
Dale V. Sandstrom
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