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Harris v. State

Florida Court of Appeal, Fourth District

November 16, 2011

Stephen HARRIS, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Florida, Appellee.

Appeal of order denying rule 3.850 motion from the Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward County; Dale C. Cohen, Judge; L.T. Case No. 05-16325CF10A.

Stephen Harris, Indiantown, pro se.

Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Katherine Y. McIntire, Assistant Attorney General, West Palm Beach, for appellee.

PER CURIAM.

The defendant appeals the circuit court's denial of his Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850 motion alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. We reverse for further review of the defendant's first argument, and affirm without comment as to the remaining arguments.

In his first argument, the defendant alleged that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to file a motion to suppress evidence. At issue is whether the defendant's

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" girlfriend" had common authority to consent to the officers' entry into the apartment. Cf. Ferguson v. State, 58 So.3d 360 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011) (the state proved that the defendant's girlfriend had common authority over the apartment so that her consent for the police to enter the premises validated their presence in the apartment). On this argument, the defendant stated a legally sufficient claim for relief, and the record before this court does not conclusively refute the claim. Accordingly, we reverse as to this claim only. On remand, the trial court shall either attach those portions of the record which conclusively refute the claim or shall conduct an evidentiary hearing to determine whether the defendant's counsel was ineffective for failing to file a motion to suppress.

Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and ...


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