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State v. Ali

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth District

June 27, 2013

STATE OF OHIO PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE
v.
OSIRIS ALI DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

Civil Appeal from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-465969

FOR APPELLANT Osiris Ali, pro se Inmate No. 503-171 501 Thompson Road

ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE Timothy J. McGinty Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Katherine Mullin Assistant County Prosecutor The Justice Center

BEFORE: Stewart, A.J., Rocco, J., and Keough, J.

JOURNAL ENTRY AND OPINION

MELODY J. STEWART, ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE.

{¶ 1} Defendant-appellant Osiris Ali appeals his conviction for sexually oriented offenses committed against his sister and niece between December 2002 and May 2005. On February 22, 2006, the trial court found Ali guilty of four counts of rape of a person under the age of 13 with force in violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b); one count of rape without force, also in violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b); one count of gross sexual imposition in violation of R.C. 2907.05(A)(4); six counts of kidnapping with a sexual motivation specification in violation of R.C. 2905.01(A)(2) and R.C. 2941.147; and seven counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in violation of R.C. 2907.04(B)(3). The trial court classified Ali as a sexually oriented offender and sentenced him to concurrent life sentences on each of the five rape counts. Ali was also sentenced to four years on each of the remaining counts, which were to run concurrent with each other, but consecutive to the life sentences.

{¶ 2} Ali filed a direct appeal, which was affirmed in July of 2007. State v. Ali, 8th Dist. No. 88147, 2007-Ohio-3776. On November 26, 2008, Ali filed a motion to reopen his appeal, which was denied as untimely after Ali failed to show good cause for the delay. State v. Ali, 8th Dist. No. 88147, 2009-Ohio-1233. On December 17, 2010, in response to motions by both the state and Ali to correct the 2006 sentencing entry for failure to provide adequate notice of postrelease control sanctions, the trial court resentenced Ali after a de novo resentencing hearing. On October 11, 2011, Ali filed a motion to correct void sentence based on an alleged improper notification of Ali's postrelease obligations. This motion was denied by the trial court. Again, Ali appealed the ruling, and this court affirmed the judgment in State v. Ali, 8th Dist. No. 97612, 2012-Ohio-2510.

{¶ 3} On June 12, 2012, Ali filed a petition to vacate or set aside his sentence. Ali alleged ineffective assistance of counsel in violation of his Sixth Amendment rights. Ali's motion was dismissed by the trial court with prejudice. This appeal followed.

{¶ 4} In his assignments of error, Ali argues that his trial counsel's assistance was ineffective based on three different grounds. First, Ali argues his trial counsel failed to object to the court's imposition of consecutive sentences. He also asserts his counsel failed to argue that some of the offenses were allied and of similar import, and lastly, Ali argues his trial counsel was ineffective because he failed to ask the trial court to consider the spousal testimony provision of Evid.R. 601(B) as it related to the testimony of Ali's wife.

{¶5} In Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 104 S.Ct. 2052, 80 L.Ed.2d 674 (1984), the United States Supreme Court held that in order to establish a claim for ineffective assistance of counsel, a defendant must show not only that his counsel's performance was deficient, but also that the deficiency prejudiced his defense. Id. at _ 687. The scrutiny of a reviewing court, under the rule of Strickland, of an attorney's work must be highly deferential, and we must indulge a strong presumption that counsel's conduct falls within the range of reasonable professional assistance. Id. at _ 688.

{¶ 6} In this case, however, we need not address the issue of whether Ali's trial counsel was ineffective. Ali's motion automatically fails due to being untimely and, in the alternative, the assignments of error are barred as res judicata. These threshold matters are dispositive of the ineffective assistance of counsel claims.

{¶ 7} A motion styled "Motion to Correct or Vacate Sentence" meets the definition of a petition for postconviction relief under R.C. 2953.21(A) when the defendant has already filed a direct appeal, asserts a violation of a constitutional right, seeks to render a judgment void, and asks for a vacation of judgment and sentence. State v. Schlee, 111 Ohio St.3d 153, 2008-Ohio-545, 882 N.E.2d 431, _ 12. A trial court's decision to grant or deny a petition for postconviction relief filed pursuant to R.C. 2953.21 should not be disturbed absent an abuse of discretion. State v. White, 118 Ohio St.3d 12, 2008-Ohio-1623, 885 N.E.2d 905, _ 45. Abuse of discretion implies that the court's attitude is unreasonable, arbitrary, or unconscionable. Id. at _ 46.

{¶ 8} Under R.C. 2953.21(A)(2), "[a] petition * * * shall be filed no later than one hundred eighty days after the date on which the trial transcript is filed in the court of appeals in the direct appeal of the judgment of conviction or adjudication * * *." In State v. Sharif, 8th Dist. No. 79325, 2001 Ohio App. LEXIS 4354 (Sept. 27, 2001), this court held that a trial court may only entertain an untimely petition for postconviction relief under the following circumstances:

1) the petitioner shows either that he was unavoidably prevented from discovering the facts upon which he relies in his petition, or that the United States Supreme Court has, since the expiration of the period for timely filing, recognized a new federal or state right that applies retroactively to the petitioner; and 2) the petitioner shows by clear and convincing evidence ...

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