Thursday, November 03, 2011

Plea bargains and lawyer misconduct

NPR's Morning Edition of October 31st has a story about two cases argued this week before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether a plea bargain can be attacked if it was based on a lawyer's bad advice or unethical conduct. In both cases, the defendants claim that their lawyers' conduct was so bad that it amounted to ineffective assistance of counsel.
3 min 35 sec, streaming or downloadable .mp3, transcript available
More information about the oral arguments in these cases can be found on SCOTUSblog.