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Counsel – Ineffective Assistance – Deficient Performance – Examination of Witness – Eliciting Unanticipated Answer

State v. Liliana Petrovic, 224 Wis.2d 477, 592 N.W.2d 238 (Ct. App. 1999)
For Petrovic: Robert B. Rondini

Issue/Holding: Counsel’s cross of a detective elicited testimony that Petrovic refused to answer questions about her drug involvement during custodial examination. The court rejects her argument that counsel’s examination was deficient. Counsel “reasonably believed,” based on pretrial hearings that she had answered such questions (with denials). Counsel’s “unwittingly” eliciting testimony about her assertion of rights wasn’t unreasonable.

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