State v. Gillespie, 240 N.C. App. 238 (Apr. 7, 2015)

Without addressing the deficient performance prong of the Strickland test, the court held that the defendant did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel where he was not prejudiced by counsel’s conduct. The defendant had complained of counsel’s failure to object to a law enforcement officer’s testimony about the victim’s demeanor and counsel’s failure to object to the striking of a defense witness’s testimony.