My son went to trial
1 month ago, he was found guilty, this was a sexual assault charge. My question is if my sons lawyer did nothing to defend him and by this I mean he called no witness's, he did no interviews before trial, of the witness's against my son, the cross examination of the government witness's were half hearted at best during the trial, this lawyer said things to a nurse that was there to testify against my son, his comments were about her jewelry as if he was trying to confuse her or the JURY instead I felt that this was damaging to my sons case.
In my opinion we need to ask the court
to investigate the "ineffective council charge", what is our best course of action to take? we have hired a lawyer who specializes in appeals, the sentencing will not be until November 17, 2011 and the lawyer who handled this case for my son is still in charge until after sentencing, he never discussed this trial much with my son and always refused to talk to me, he would say you are not my client, this lawyer is not likely to fight for my son when it comes to sentencing, he did visit my son one time sense the trial and told him that he needs to say he did this crime. His lawyers only goal was to get my son to accept a plea bargain that would have been admitting guilt to all charges which my son has always maintained his innocence. My question is do we need to file this charge before sentencing or is this something the lawyer who specializes in appeals and post trial issues should do and when would he do it?
Also my son is in jail at this time and will be there for a very long time through the appeal. This morning I was told by my son that one of the guys that testified against him at trial was recently put in the same jail and is talking to other inmates about the trial, this person was let out of prison recently and is apparently back in jail. My wife and I have a lot of reasons to be worried about our son's safety in this jail
There are many questions in this letter and I hope you can answer them all. JAMES M SCHNEIDER