PEOPLE OF MI V DENNIS WAYNE WILKOWSKIAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN,
November 17, 1998
Macomb Circuit Court
LC No. 95-001646 FC
DENNIS WAYNE WILKOWSKI,
Before: Fitzgerald, P.J., and Markey and J.B. Sullivan*, J.J.
This case returns to us after we remanded to the trial court for a Ginther1 hearing. People v
Wilkowski, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued 3/31/98 (Docket No.
196083). The trial court held the required hearings and concluded that defendant was not denied the
effective assistance of counsel. We now affirm.
We remanded this case because defense counsel failed to object to (1) the admission of hearsay
testimony pertaining to a sexual assault, (2) the admission of evidence regarding defendant’s drug use
and arrest, and (3) the prosecutor’s arguments based on this evidence. In his brief after remand,
defendant has abandoned his first argument. After reviewing the trial court’s opinion on remand, and
the transcripts of the Ginther hearing, we conclude that defendant was not denied the effective
assistance of counsel. At the Ginther hearing, defense counsel testified that he was surprised by some
of the evidence because defendant had “remained adamant throughout his trial that he was drug free.”
Defense counsel also testified that he did not object because he did not want to draw attention to this
evidence once the jury had heard it. Finally, defense counsel testified that he did not request a mistrial
because “I thought the case was tried well, and it was going to be a balancing between the jury’s going
to believe the little girl, or the jury’s going to believe Mr. Wilkowski.” Thus, it appears that defense
counsel considered these issues and made conscious, strategic decisions at trial. While we might
sometimes disagree with an attorney’s trial strategy, we simply cannot engage in the practice of second
guessing every strategic decision. Under the circumstances of this case, we cannot say that defense
* Former Court of Appeals judge, sitting on the Court of Appeals by assignment.
counsel’s performance was so deficient that counsel was not functioning as the “counsel” guaranteed by
the Sixth Amendment. People v Mitchell, 454 Mich 145, 156; 560 NW2d 600 (1997).
/s/ E. Thomas Fitzgerald
/s/ Jane E. Markey
/s/ Joseph B. Sullivan
People v Ginther, 390 Mich 436; 212 NW2d 922 (1973).