Readers know that we handle federal criminal investigations and prosecutions from our office here in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia and all over the remainder of this state and throughout the country. We currently are in federal cases in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas. No matter where we go to help our clients, it is always worth trying to get the “final word.”
I have two matters on my desk this morning that exemplify this need to get the final word. One is a post-conviction matter, the other concerns an upcoming sentencing hearing.
In the post-conviction case, we argue that my client’s previous attorney performed so poorly that the conviction should be over-turned because of the Sixth Amendment violation caused by “ineffective e assistance of counsel.” Both sides filed briefs after the court hearing, and because we went first I am thinking about filing a “reply brief.” I like these reply briefs, for they give me the chance to plow through the prosecutor’s arguments and they try to dissect and destroy them, one at a time.