If David Mejia had a different or better lawyer, he might have been sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder after he fatally stabbed a man in bar fight in Victoria, Texas. Instead he’s served 19 years of a life sentence for a case in which he claimed self-defense.

While ineffective assistance of counsel is the most common claim Texas courts hear from inmates attempting to free themselves from prison, it is also the claim most often rejected by federal courts because the standard of review is so high.

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