STATE v. FORD

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Supreme Court of Louisiana.

STATE of Louisiana v. Melvin D. FORD.

No. 96-KP-2919.

    Decided: May 30, 1997

Writ granted.   The trial court may not avoid the procedural bars of La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.4 and La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.8 by “reconsidering” an application for post-conviction relief on which it has earlier ruled, see La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.6;  La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.6 cmt.;  State v. Clayton, 96-1658 (La. 2/27/97), 687 So.2d 996;  State ex rel. Lewis v. Cr.D.C., 571 So.2d 659 (La.1991), especially when, as here, this Court has considered and rejected the claims.  La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.4(D);  State v. Ford, 94-2883 (La. 2/3/95), 649 So.2d 404;  State ex rel. Ford v. Blackburn, 513 So.2d 816 (La.1987).   In any event, Ford's claims otherwise lack merit.   See State v. Hamilton, 478 So.2d 123, 128-29 (La.1985);  State v. Mack, 403 So.2d 8, 9-10 (La.1981);  State v. Smith, 91-0749 (La. 5/23/94), 637 So.2d 398, cert. denied, 513 U.S. 1045, 115 S.Ct. 641, 130 L.Ed.2d 546 (1994);  Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 687, 104 S.Ct. 2052, 2064, 80 L.Ed.2d 674 (1984).

PER CURIAM:

KIMBALL, J., not on panel.

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