Friday, December 23, 2011
The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel in a death penalty case. The defendant alleged that counsel had failed to raise the issue of his competency to represent himself at his sentencing hearing.
The court reviewed the evidence of the defendant's mental state and noted:
We will not assume that hearing messages from God and following God's perceived commands, without more, demonstrates incompetence.
I will assume, without more, that the court did not intend to indulge in political commentary. (Mike Frisch)