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Robert R. Rigg

2007

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The T-Rex Without Teeth: Evolving Strickland V. Washington And The Test For Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel, Robert R. Rigg Apr 2007

The T-Rex Without Teeth: Evolving Strickland V. Washington And The Test For Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel, Robert R. Rigg

Robert R. Rigg

When the United States Supreme Court decided Strickland v. Washington it created a doctrine of immense importance but having little impact. This has changed in the last several years as the Court used America Bar Association standards to review counsels performance. This article explores Strickland and three cases decided by the Court that will change how courts apply the Strickland test and how lawyers should alter their approach to representation.