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ALI v. STATE (2019)

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Supreme Court of North Dakota.

Abdulrahman Ibrahim ALI, Petitioner and Appellant v. STATE of North Dakota, Respondent and Appellee

No. 20190004

Decided: May 16, 2019

Benjamin C. Pulkrabek, Mandan, ND, for petitioner and appellant. Reid A. Brady, Assistant State's Attorney, Fargo, ND, for respondent and appellee; submitted on brief.

[¶1] Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ali appeals from a district court order denying his application for post-conviction relief. In 2017, Ali was found guilty of five felonies: gross sexual imposition, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and two counts of terrorizing. Ali stipulated to the underlying facts of the charges and waived his right to a jury trial. The district court held a bench trial to determine whether Ali was criminally responsible due to mental illness and concluded Ali was criminally responsible. The guilty verdicts were upheld on appeal. State v. Ali, 2018 ND 87, ¶ 1, 909 N.W.2d 112.

[¶2] In 2018, Ali filed an application for post-conviction relief. The application alleged ineffective assistance of counsel due to Ali's trial attorney overlooking his mental health issues. An evidentiary hearing regarding Ali's application took place in November 2018, and the district court issued an order denying Ali's application for post-conviction relief.

[¶3] We summarily affirm the district court's order under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(2), concluding the court's findings of fact are not clearly erroneous, and the court did not err in determining Ali failed to establish his counsel's representation fell below an objective standard of reasonableness.

Per Curiam.

[¶4] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J. Jon J. Jensen Jerod E. Tufte Daniel J. Crothers Lisa Fair McEvers

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