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Smith v. Robbins

Docket No.: 98-1037
Argued: October 5, 1999
Decided: January 19, 2000

Topics:

Due Process, Civil Rights, Indigents, Death Penalty, Due Process, Equal Protection Clause, Fourteenth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, criminal procedure, habeas, habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, judicial review, murder

Petitioner: Smith
Respondent: Robbins

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Citation: 152 F.3d 1062
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket


528 U.S. 259 (2000)
Question:

Does California's no-merit brief procedure, in which defense counsel has concluded that an appeal would be frivolous, violate a defendant's right to the effective assistance of appellate counsel?

Smith v. Robbins
ORAL ARGUMENT

October 05, 1999

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for Smith, 4 vote(s) against
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