Supreme Court heard arguments on ineffective assistance of counsel

On October 31, 2011, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving ineffective assistance of counsel, during which the Court was asked to determine how poor legal advice regarding plea bargaining should impact guilty verdicts. The first case was Lafler v. Cooper; one party's attorney had advised him to not take a guilty plea because the prosecution was lacking a fundamental element of the crime. The second case was Missouri v. Frye; the attorney in that case failed to disclose plea offers to his client. Both cases were argued by counsel for the US government on behalf of the petitioners.



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