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Monday, December 13, 2004

New SCOTUS Decision Today on Ineffective Assistance Standard

Supreme_court_8The Supreme Court  ruled unanimously today in No. 03-931, Florida v. Nixon, "that a defense lawyer's decision to concede that a client is guilty in the trial of a capital murder, in order to concentrate on trying to prevent a death penalty, does not automatically make the lawyer's conduct deficient even though the client did not approve the decision. The ruling overturned a decision of the Florida Supreme Court." Justice Ginsburg wrote the opinion.  More on the Supreme's Court activity today . . .   [Mark Godsey]

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