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  • Killing that sparked boy to “divorce” his dad going to court

    CBS News - 11/10/2016

    Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed said defendants who ask for a new trial based on the argument that their lawyers were ineffective often face an uphill battle.

    “It’s hard to prove ineffective assistance of counsel, especially when the trial lawyers did engage in some investigation and may have made a strategic decision to pursue one line of defense over another,” Medwed said.

    Six years after his mothers’ death, 14-year-old Patrick Holland asked a judge to terminate his father’s parental rights. Daniel Holland later agreed to give up those rights.

    Patrick Holland was adopted by friends of his mother. He could not be reached for comment on his father’s appeal.

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