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State of North Dakota v. Nicholas Baatz

IN THE SUPREME COURT STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA


October 18, 2011

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA,
PLAINTIFF, APPELLEE AND CROSS-APPELLANT
v.
NICHOLAS BAATZ, DEFENDANT,
APPELLANT AND CROSS-APPELLEE

Appeal from the District Court of Grant County, South Central Judicial District, the Honorable Bruce A. Romanick, Judge.

Per curiam.

N.D. Supreme Court

State v. Baatz,

2011 ND 195 This opinion is subject to petition for rehearing. [Go to Documents]

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AFFIRMED.

Per Curiam.

[¶1] Nicholas Baatz appeals the district court's criminal judgment after a jury convicted him of gross sexual imposition. Baatz's counsel argues insufficient evidence exists to support the conviction. We affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(3), concluding the jury verdict was supported by substantial evidence.

[¶2] Baatz filed a Rule 24, N.D.R.App.P., supplemental brief arguing his constitutional right to counsel at his preliminary hearing was denied and his appointed counsel was ineffective. Based on the record, we cannot determine whether Baatz was denied his constitutional right to counsel. We also cannot conclude that Baatz's counsel was plainly defective. We affirm without prejudice to Baatz's right to raise denial of his constitutional right to counsel and ineffective assistance of counsel in post-conviction proceedings. See State v. Palmer, 2002 ND 5, ¶ 13, 638 N.W.2d 18 (concluding the defendant's ineffective assistance of counsel claim on direct appeal was without merit, but doing so without prejudice to his right to raise the issue in post-conviction proceedings).

[¶3] Baatz filed his appeal after a district court granted post-conviction relief allowing an untimely filing of a notice of appeal. The State cross-appeals, arguing the district court erred by granting Baatz's application for post-conviction relief. We affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(2), concluding the district court's findings of fact were not clearly erroneous.

[¶4] Daniel J. Crothers Mary Muehlen Maring Carol Ronning Kapsner Dale V. Sandstrom Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J.

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