Sixth Amendment, Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

To prove ineffective assistance of counsel (IAC), one must show first, that counsel’s performance fell below “an objective standard of reasonableness under prevailing professional standards” and second, “that there is a reasonable probability that but for counsel’s unprofessional errors, the result of the proceeding would have been different.”  Strickland v. Washington (1964) 466 U.S. 668.  This is a tough standard to meet, so knowing a bit about what qualifies and what does not is helpful before retaining an attorney to file a petition for writ of habeas corpus based on IAC.  To read a short article on proving IAC, please click on the following link –

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