ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT
No. CR 05-836
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
LEWIS JAMES WHITE
STATE OF ARKANSAS
Opinion Delivered May 11, 2006
PRO SE APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF PULASKI COUNTY, CR
2003-359, HON. JOHN LANGSTON,
In 2003, judgment was entered reflecting that James Lewis White had been found guilty by
the court in a trial to the bench of rape of a ten-year-old and a sentence of 240 months’ imprisonment
was imposed. The Arkansas Court of Appeals affirmed. White v. State, CACR 03-1294 (Ark. App.
2004). Subsequently, appellant timely filed in the trial court a petition for postconviction relief
pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1. The trial court denied the petition, and appellant, proceeding pro
se, has lodged an appeal in this court from that order.
In the instant matter, appellant complains that trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance
to appellant during the course of trial counsel’s representation. We do not reverse a denial of
postconviction relief unless the trial court’s findings are clearly erroneous or clearly against the
preponderance of the evidence. Greene v. State, 356 Ark. 59, 64, 146 S.W.3d 871, 876 (2004). A
finding is clearly erroneous when, although there is evidence to support it, the appellate court after
reviewing the entire evidence is left with the definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been
All other claims raised below but not argued on appeal are abandoned. See Jordan v.
State, 356 Ark. 248, 147 S.W.3d 691 (2004).
committed. Flores v. State, 350 Ark. 198, 85 S.W.3d 896 (2002). We find no error and affirm the
To prevail on a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, appellant must show that counsel’s
representation fell below an objective standard of reasonableness and that but for counsels errors,
the result of the trial would have been different. Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984);
Andrews v. State, 344 Ark. 606, 42 S.W.3d 484 (2001) (per curiam). In review