Lawyer's Failure to Object to Distortion of Critical Evidence During Closing Argument Consequences

In People v. McMillin, 352 Ill. App. 3d 336, 816 N.E.2d 10, 287 Ill. Dec. 499 (2004) defense counsel's failure to object to distortion of critical evidence during closing argument, together with defense counsel's interjection of hearsay regarding his client's prior crimes, was held to have constituted deficient representation which undermined confidence in the outcome of the case, depriving defendant of a fair trial. McMillin, 352 Ill. App. 3d at 347-48.