Published on: Saturday, October 7, 2023

Seventh Circuit pro tip to the defense bar: If your client is facing fifty years for cocaine possession, you really should do mitigation investigation into your client's background and mental health, unless you want to explain why you "really didn't do anything independently to develop any mitigation" was a strategic reason.

The case is McMullen v. Dalton, No. 20-3273 (7th Cir. Oct. 4, 2023).