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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, January 10, 2011

Criminal law/procedure cert grants

from Friday. Summaries from ScotusBlog, which also links to cert papers and opinions below:

  • Lafler v. Cooper: Whether a state habeas petitioner is entitled to relief when his counsel deficiently advises him to reject a favorable plea bargain but the defendant is later convicted and sentenced pursuant to a fair trial.
  • Missouri v. Frye: Can a defendant who validly pleads guilty assert a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel by alleging that, but for counsel's error in failing to communicate a plea offer, he would have pleaded guilty with more favorable terms? What remedy, if any, should be provided for ineffective assistance of counsel during plea bargain negotiations if the defendant was later convicted and sentenced pursuant to constitutionally adequate procedures?
  • McNeill v. United States: Whether a conviction under state law can be treated as a serious drug offense for purposes of a longer sentence under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, if the state law violated did not at the time of federal sentencing set a maximum prison term of at least ten years, but had done so at the time the crime was committed.

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