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EDVA: Habeas petitioner shows ineffective assistance (access required)

A defendant convicted of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony showed that his trial counsel never conveyed a favorable plea deal that had been offered by the Commonwealth, despite swearing under oath that he had done so. Background Petitioner Lester Belmar, a Virginia state prisoner proceeding ...