High Court Considers Bounds Of Effective Defense

Law360, New York (October 12, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT) -- The state of California on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision granting habeas corpus to a convicted murderer, saying the ruling would effectively require criminal defense attorneys to consult experts in all cases or face legal malpractice.

Counsel for Joshua Richter, convicted of murdering his drug dealer during a robbery attempt in 1994, could not have reasonably been expected to call expert witnesses during his client's trial because doing so may have risked hurting Richter's already-weak defense, California Deputy Attorney General Harry...
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