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Alabama v. Lane

Petition for certiorari denied on January 23, 2012
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-627 Ala. S. Ct. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2011
 
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Issue: Whether a criminal defendant, to whom the Sixth Amendment grants no right to choose which lawyer a court will appoint to represent him in the first instance, nevertheless has a Sixth Amendment right to choose continued representation by that appointed lawyer, such that a court's erroneous replacement of that lawyer is structural error requiring automatic reversal, even when substitute counsel provides effective representation and the defendant is not otherwise prejudiced.

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