Wrongfully-Convicted Man Suing Lawyer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Oakland County man is taking his former attorney to court after serving more than six years in prison for a sexual assault conviction that was thrown out by the Michigan Supreme Court.
Jackob Trakhtenberg was convicted in 2006 after a 53-minute trial. Defense attorney Deborah McKelvy didn't ask for a jury and didn't make an opening statement. Her only witness was Trakhtenberg, who denied the allegations involving a child.
In 2012, the state Supreme Court said McKelvy's performance was inadequate and violated her client's rights.
McKelvy's attorney, Michael Sullivan, says her trial strategy was sound. Trakhtenberg's civil lawsuit seeks more than $50,000.
The state appeals court in December said the retired engineer's case can go forward in Oakland County.


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