Supreme Court Mulls Extent Of Right To Effective Counsel

Law360, New York (October 31, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT) -- In Monday oral arguments, the U.S. Supreme Court wrestled with the question of whether plea negotiations in a criminal trial require effective legal counsel, and if so, what remedy should be available for defendants whose attorneys fail to live up to the task.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases — Lafler v. Cooper and Missouri v. Frye — that center around an assault and an instance in which a defendant drove with a revoked license, respectively. The appellate courts in both cases found for...
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