Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Ineffective counsel found when attorney failed to object to state’s introduction of defendant’s prior conviction as charge enhancer

Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On Feb. 14, 2020, the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court reversed a defendant’s conviction based on his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim that his attorney had failed to object to the state’s introduction of the defendant’s prior conviction in its case-in-chief.

Whether to share discovery documents with client deemed a matter of trial strategy

Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On July 10, 2019, the Third District Appellate Court held that decisions as to which items received in discovery a defense attorney chooses to share or discuss with his or her client is a discretionary matter of trial strategy.

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