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Criminal Law: Effectiveness Of Counsel – Second-Degree Murder – Battered-Spouse Syndrome

Where defendant claimed her counsel was ineffective for failing to retain an expert to investigate battered-spouse syndrome as a defense to a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, the appellate court is precluded from addressing the claim because the Missouri Court of Appeals relied on an independent and adequate state ...
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