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US Supreme Court issues 2 summary decisions

Yesterday the US Supreme Court issued two summary decisions in criminal cases.

In Wright v. Von Patten, the Court held, in an unsigned ruling, that there was no prior precedent by the Court which prohibited a defense attorney from taking part in a plea hearing by speaker phone. The Court rejected a claim on ineffective assistance based upon the speaker-phone appearance because it did not amount to a total absence of counsel and did not prevent counsel from assisting the accused.

In Arave v. Hoffman, the Court dismisses a previously granted petition based upon the defendant's abandonment of his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel during plea negotiations.

Both opinions are available here.

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