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It has become common for criminal defendants to claim ineffective representation by trial counsel in efforts to overturn their convictions. The basis for making such arguments is settled law. In 1970, the U.S. Supreme Court held in McMann v. Richardson that “the right to counsel is the right to the effective assistance of counsel.” And in its landmark ruling in Strickland v. Washington, the court established a test for determining whether a defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel...

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