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LAFLER v. COOPER

Docket No.: 10-209
Certiorari Granted: 01/07/11
Argued: October 31, 2011
Decided: 03/21/12

Topics:

Bill of Rights, Consumer Protection, Death Penalty, Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, abuse of discretion, capital murder, criminal procedure, habeas, habeas corpus, harmless error, harmless-error, ineffective assistance of counsel, jury selection, murder, probable cause, separation of powers

PartyNames: Blaine Lafler v. Anthony Cooper
Petitioner: Blaine Lafler
Respondent: Anthony Cooper

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Citation: 376 Fed.Appx. 563

Blaine Lafler
v.
Anthony Cooper
Background:

BY THE PETITIONS THE PARTIES ARE DIRECTED TO BRIEF AND ARGUE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: "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?"

Question Presented:

Anthony Cooper faced assault with intent to murder charges. His counsel advised him to reject a plea offer based on a misunderstanding of Michigan law. Cooper rejected the offer, and he was convicted as charged. Cooper does not assert that any error occurred at the trial. On habeas review, the Sixth Circuit found that because there is a reasonable probability that Cooper would have accepted the plea offer had he been adequately advised, his Sixth Amendment rights were violated. The writ was conditioned on Michigan re-offering the plea agreement. The question presented is: Is a state habeas petitioner entitled to relief where his counsel deficiently advises him to reject a favorable plea bargain but the defendant is later convicted and sentenced pursuant to a fair trial?

Question:

Is a state habeas petitioner 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?

Note:

OPER IN ADDITION TO THE QUESTIONS PRESENTED BY THE PETITIONS THE PARTIES ARE DIRECTED TO BRIEF AND ARGUE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: "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?

LAFLER v. COOPER
ORAL ARGUMENT

10/31/11

Listen to Oral Argument in LAFLER v. COOPER
Holding: VACATED AND REMANDED
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By:
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