A New York judge has tossed out the conviction of a defendant whose trial attorney was "thoroughly unprepared" and had a "woefully deficient" understanding of criminal defense practice and trial techniques. Granting Benedict Araka's motion to vacate his conviction based on ineffective assistance of counsel grounds, the judge blasted Noel Nafiu Akinsola for his "incompetence," including his rambling opening statement and "virtually non-existent" cross-examination of the prosecution's witnesses.
Faulting 'Woefully Deficient' Counsel, Court Vacates Assault Verdict
New York Law Journal
September 23, 2010