In Re C.W.N., 227 N.C. App. 63 (May. 7, 2013)

(1) On direct appeal, the court rejected the juvenile’s assertion that counsel’s failure to make a closing argument in a delinquency proceeding was per se ineffective assistance. (2) In a delinquency case in which the juvenile was alleged to have assaulted another child, the court rejected the juvenile’s argument that he received ineffective assistance of counsel when defense counsel failed argue that the incident was an accident that occurred during horseplay. Given counsel’s cross-examination of the victim and other witnesses and direct examination of the juvenile, counsel’s conduct did not fall below an objective standard of reasonableness. Nor was prejudice established.