In my last column, we went over the general standard for showing ineffective assistance of counsel (“IAC”) in the guilty plea context under Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984). In this column, we’ll go over the showing required to establish prejudice in the different categories of IAC regarding guilty pleas. There are three main categories…Read More
More than 95 percent of state and federal prisoners plead guilty, and most of them do so on the advice of their lawyer. A successful attack on a guilty plea would then depend on showing that counsel’s bad advice to plead guilty rendered the plea not “knowing and voluntary.” We covered the knowing and voluntary…Read More
Guilty Pleas After Conviction Attacking the guilty plea is probably one of the least understood concepts in the post conviction world, even though more than 95 percent of state and federal convictions are the direct result of a guilty plea. In 2018 alone, there were 73,109 federal convictions with 71,550 of them by way of…Read More
Although racial bias is prohibited in the jury selection process, many criminal defendants still find themselves having to challenge the government’s reasons for excluding potential jurors that are of the same race as the defendant. The jury selection process can be one of the most influential aspects of a criminal trial on the outcome, which…Continue Reading Examining Racial Bias in Jury Selection
Scientific evidence can be very persuasive to a jury and has the potential to seriously sway the outcome of a trial. This is why the Supreme Court put standards in place for how a district court must evaluate whether expert testimony and scientific evidence can be admitted at trial. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals…Continue Reading The Daubert Standard and Admitting Expert Witness Testimony
A defendant on trial in a criminal proceeding is entitled to an attorney for his defense. In the event that a defendant cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one. This tenet of U.S. criminal law is widely known and has been a basic principle of criminal procedure since the country was founded. The…Continue Reading Does Right to Counsel Begin Before Indictment?