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Ineffective Assistance and Funding

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The problem of ineffective assistance of counsel is all about funding, some would have us believe.  See, e.g., this report from the Brennan Center. If a defendant had the kind of lawyer rich people would hire, we wouldn't have these ineffective assistance claims, right?

John Christoffersen reports for AP:

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel launched a barrage of criticism Thursday against the attorney who represented him at his murder trial, saying he failed to track down key witnesses while having fun and basking in the limelight.

Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing his Greenwich neighbor in 1975 after a trial in which he did not testify. He testified Thursday in his latest appeal, arguing that trial attorney Michael Sherman failed to competently defend him.

Skakel's current attorney says Sherman got caught up in the limelight of the case and failed to prepare. Sherman rejects that claim and says he did all he could to prevent Skakel's conviction.

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