RENO, Nev. (AP) - The former Reno pawn shop owner serving a life
sentence for killing his wife and trying to assassinate a judge is
making another bid for new trial based on claims his lawyers
botched his defense.
A petition filed on Darren Mack's behalf in federal court in
Reno Wednesday says Mack's constitutional rights were violated when he was denied a chance to withdraw his guilty plea in the 2006
murder of his wife, Charla, and shooting of the judge handling
It accuses Mack's lawyers of making a number of farfetched
representations about the prison time Mack likely would get in the
plea deal and even suggested the governor might commute his
It says those claims were so unrealistic they fell below the
legal standard of reasonably effective counsel.