Patrick Vanderpool was convicted in 2010 of attempted first-degree sexual assault and sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
Vanderpool’s trial attorney was David Walocha, who was disbarred in March 2012 for working as a lawyer for nearly a decade without a valid license. Two months later, Walocha was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the offense.
When Vanderpool learned of Walocha’s suspension, he sought post-conviction relief, claiming ineffective counsel.
On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court found that Walocha’s suspension solely for nonpayment of dues did not equate to inadequate representation.