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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Eric Hodkiewicz v. Chris Buesgen

Case No.: 20-2641

Officials: KANNE, ROVNER, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

A Wisconsin jury found that Petitioner Eric Hodkiewicz stalked, harassed, and assaulted his wife and convicted him of nine offenses. Hodkiewicz challenged his conviction and sentence in state court, arguing (among other things) that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals rejected his argument, and the federal district court then denied habeas relief.

We, like the district court, conclude that the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reasonably determined that Hodkiewicz cannot show prejudice arising from his counsel’s alleged errors. We therefore affirm.


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Derek A Hawkins is Associate Corporate Counsel, IP at Amazon.

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