Ineffective Assistance of Counsel.


Byline: Derek Hawkins

WI Court of Appeals District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. N.M.A.-S.

Case No.: 2018AP2308; 2018AP2309

Officials: BRASH, P.J.

Focus: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

N.M.A.-S. appeals the orders of the trial court terminating her parental rights of A.A.S. and A.J.S. N.M.A.-S. asserts that she received ineffective assistance of counsel because her trial counsel failed to request a strike for cause or use a peremptory strike for a juror who answered a question affirmatively during voir dire relating to whether someone struggling with addiction is unfit to be a parent.

A postjudgment hearing regarding this claim was held in September 2019. The postjudgment court determined that N.M.A.-S. had not demonstrated that she was prejudiced by this alleged deficiency of...

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