Tag Archives: Ineffective Assistance

CA10: District court should hold evidentiary hearing to determine whether trial counsel should have offered evidence of the defendant’s intellectual disability in death penalty case

Last week, the Tenth Circuit issued a 95-page opinion in Harris v. Sharp, a death penalty case from Oklahoma. The defendant went to his estranged wife’s workplace and fired gunshots, killing her boss, Merle Taylor. Diana Baldwin had this story … Continue reading

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District court’s advice about immigration consequences of guilty plea can’t take the place of good advice from counsel

During the guilty plea colloquy for a defendant who was a Mexican national, the district judge advised him that deportation would be a likely result of his guilty plea, and the defendant said he understood. In a later habeas corpus … Continue reading

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