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Palmer v. State

Supreme Court of North Dakota

April 29, 2014

Mark Christian Palmer, Petitioner and Appellant
v.
State of North Dakota, Respondent and Appellee

Appeal from the District Court of McHenry County, Northeast Judicial District, the Honorable Michael G. Sturdevant, Judge.

Russell J. Myhre, Valley City, N.D., for petitioner and appellant.

Cassey A. Breyer, State's Attorney, Towner, N.D., for respondent and appellee.

Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J., Dale V. Sandstrom, Daniel J. Crothers, Lisa Fair McEvers, Carol Ronning Kapsner.

OPINION

Per Curiam.

[¶1] Mark Palmer appeals from a district court order summarily denying his second application for post-conviction relief. This Court previously affirmed Palmer's conviction of four counts of gross sexual imposition. State v. Palmer, 2002 ND 5, 638 N.W.2d 18. This Court also affirmed a district court order denying his N.D.R.Civ.P. 60(b) motion for relief from an order denying his application for post-conviction relief, after initially remanding to the district court to sufficiently explain the rationale for its decision. See Palmer v. State, 2012 ND 237, 824 N.W.2d 406; Palmer v. State, 2012 ND 98, 816 N.W.2d 807.

[¶2] On appeal, Palmer argues the district court abused its discretion in denying his post-conviction relief application when he has never been afforded an opportunity for a hearing to establish whether his trial attorney provided ineffective assistance of counsel and his first post-conviction counsel ineffectively represented him by missing a deadline which resulted in a dismissal of his initial post-conviction relief application. Palmer also raises supplemental issues regarding due process and double jeopardy. We affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(4) and (6).

[¶3] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J., Dale V. Sandstrom, Daniel J. Crothers, Lisa Fair McEvers, Carol Ronning Kapsner


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