Sunday, March 25, 2012

More comments on Supreme Court's decision on ineffective assistance of counsel

Three new articles in the New York Times discuss the importance of the Supreme Court's decisions on ineffective assistance of counsel.  The articles can be found here, here and here.  As one of the articles explains "[t]he Court's decisions affirm a defendant’s right under the Sixth Amendment to have the assistance of an effective lawyer during pretrial negotiations. . . . Taken together, the rulings greatly expand the supervisory reach of judges to include plea bargaining, a process that has traditionally been conducted informally and with . . . little oversight . . ." In addition, the SCotUS blog has detailed analysis of the opinions here.

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