Ineffective Assistance of Counsel.


Byline: Derek Hawkins

WI Court of Appeals District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Dedric Earl Hamilton, Jr.

Case No.: 2018AP200-CR

Officials: Kessler, P.J., Brennan and Dugan, JJ.

Focus: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

A jury convicted Dedric Earl Hamilton, Jr., of first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of thirteen and incest with a child. The victim was Hamilton's eight-year-old niece, D. He appeals the judgment of conviction and an order that denied his motion for postconviction relief without a hearing. On appeal, he argues that his postconviction motion contained sufficient factual allegations to entitle him to an evidentiary hearing on his claim that trial counsel was constitutionally ineffective. He also argues that he is entitled to a new trial in the interest of justice.

In short, we conclude that Hamilton was not deprived of a fair trial because "the error complained of did not contribute to the verdict obtained." See State v. Jenkins, 2014 WI 59, 37, 355 Wis. 2d 180, 848 N.W.2d 786. We also conclude that the real controversy...

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