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Criminal procedure — Writ of error coram nobis — Significant collateral consequences

In 2004, Charles Franklin Stansbury, Jr., appellant, pleaded guilty, in the Circuit Court for Harford County, to driving on a suspended license and to second-degree assault. Stansbury did not file an application for leave to appeal his conviction. In 2015, more than ten years after his plea, he filed a petition for writ of error coram nobis. In that petition, he alleged that his 2004 guilty plea was the result of ineffective assistance of counsel and that an unrelated habeas corpus petition was erroneously denied. After a hearing, the circuit court rendered a bench opinion and issued an order denying Stansbury’s petition for writ of coram nobis.

Stansbury thereafter noted this appeal, and presented the following question for our review, which we have rephrased:

Did the circuit court err in denying Appellant coram nobis relief?

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