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Appeal alleges defense mistakes

by Nolan Clay Published: October 1, 2012
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Here are the key accusations made about defense attorney Irven Box in convicted murderer Jerome Ersland's appeal.

• Box denied acting ineffectively.

• He failed to tell client prosecutors were willing to discuss a plea deal.

• He failed to meaningful communicate with client.

• He encouraged client to talk to media.

• He failed to properly investigate mental history including evidence client has Asperger's syndrome.

• He refused to let client testify at trial.

• He failed to interview witnesses.

• He failed to call use-of-force experts at trial.

• He let personal animosity toward judge and district attorney influence decisions.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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