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A ttorneys for defendant Marjorie Knoller on Thursday demanded a new trial and attacked the judge and prosecution in a fatal dog mauling case for making alleged prejudicial and legal errors.

But lead attorney Dennis Riordan did not raise the issue of ineffective assistance of counsel by trial attorney Nedra Ruiz, who was widely criticized for her handling of Knoller’s defense.

Riordan’s taking aim at the trial judge is unusual in the sense that such arguments would usually be made to an appellate court following sentencing, not in the trial court where the matter must still be heard.

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