January 20, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered further proceedings for Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children. The court determined that the 35-year-old may have received ineffective legal counsel, which led to his failure to ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a habeas petitioner who receives a favorable ruling at the district court level does not have to take a cross-appeal or obtain a certificate of appealability to defend the judgment in his favor on appeal. In 1989 Robert Mitchell Jennings was convicted of ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the execution of Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children, pending the determination of whether the 35-year-old received effective legal counsel. Christeson's attorneys, along with 15 former judges, on Monday asked the ...[read more]
January 20, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnists David Debold of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Akiva Shapiro of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher discuss ineffective counsel with respect to the recent US Supreme Court case..."We are living in a plea-bargaining world" could be the theme song for our criminal justice system. ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Burt v. Titlow that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit did not apply an appropriate standard of review when it ruled that counsel was ineffective. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, explaining that, in the context of a prisoner asking a federal ...[read more]
May 28, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Trevino v. Thaler that last term's decision in Martinez v. Ryan on ineffective assistance of counsel claims should apply in this case. In Martinez an Arizona procedural rule required a defendant convicted at trial to raise a claim of ineffective assistance ...[read more]
February 26, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two new cases on Monday. In Burt v. Titlow the court will consider several issues surrounding ineffective counsel under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA). In the case, Vonlee Titlow was advised to reject a plea deal after ...[read more]
October 31, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On October 31, 2011, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving ineffective assistance of counsel, during which the Court was asked to determine how poor legal advice regarding plea bargaining should impact guilty verdicts. The first case was Lafler v. Cooper; one party's ...[read more]
April 30, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Chaidez v. United States to rule on an ineffective assistance of counsel claim. In 2010, the court held in Padilla v. Kentucky that the Sixth Amendment guarantee of effective assistance of counsel requires a criminal defense lawyer to advise a non- ...[read more]
March 22, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Missouri v. Frye that the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel applies during "all 'critical' stages of the criminal proceedings," including considerations of plea offers that lapse or are rejected. Respondent Galin Frye was offered ...[read more]

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