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Not presenting insanity defense was effective assistance (access required)

Defense counsel provided effective assistance by not asserting an insanity defense. Petitioner is denied habeas corpus relief. “Under Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 687 (1984), a petitioner must prove both that his counsel’s performance was deficient and that he was prejudiced by such deficient performance. The petitioner has failed to meet either burden. … “The petitioner ...