McGhee v. StateAnnotate this Case
The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals reversing the decision of the post-conviction court determining that Appellant's trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by failing to object to certain incomplete or missing jury instructions, holding that defense counsel's failure to object to a "CSI effect" voir dire question did not render her performance constitutionally deficient.
In 2007, Appellant was convicted by a jury of murder. In 2010 and 2011, the Court of Appeals held in three cases that a CSI effect message from the bench constituted reversible error. In 2014, Appellant filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief arguing that he received ineffective assistance of counsel based on his counsel's failure to object to the trial court's CSI effect voir dire question. In 2020, the post-conviction court granted the petition for post-conviction relief and ordered a new trial. The court of special appeals reversed. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that under the professional norms that existed at the time of Appellant's trial, defense counsel's failure to object to a CSI-effect voir dire question did not render her performance constitutionally deficient.