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State v. Williams

Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division

June 20, 2013

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
THERESA WILLIAMS, a/k/a THERESA MARTIN, a/k/a BIBIHAJRA KHAN, Defendant-Appellant.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted December 4, 2012

On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Bergen County, Indictment No. 11-02-0231.

The Rambarran Law Firm, attorneys for appellant (Angelo G. MacDonald, of counsel; Moses V. Rambarran, on the briefs).

Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Attorney General, attorney for respondent (Emily R. Anderson, Deputy Attorney General, of counsel and on the brief).

Before Judges Lihotz and Ostrer.

PER CURIAM

Defendant appeals from her conviction, following a plea of guilty, of second-degree attempt to commit extortion, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1, N.J.S.A. 2C:20-5. She was sentenced on June 3, 2011 as if she committed a third-degree crime, in accord with her plea agreement. She received a three-year term of incarceration.

On her direct appeal, the sole basis for challenging her conviction is the alleged ineffective assistance of her counsel. She presents the following points for our consideration:

A. APPLICABLE STANDARD.
B. BOTH PRONGS OF STRICKLAND ARE SATISFIED HERE.
1. [Counsel's] Multiple Failures Violated the First Prong of Strickland And Constituted Ineffective Assistance As a Matter of Common Sense.
a. He Totally Failed to Obtain or Investigate Readily Available Exculpatory Evidence.
b. He Made no Effort to Exploit Multiple Possible Defenses or Put The ...

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