No. 78-1832.

446 U.S. 335 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 12, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steven H. Goldblatt argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief were Michael F. Henry and Marianne E. Cox.

Marilyn J. Gelb argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.

MR. JUSTICE POWELL delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question presented is whether a state prisoner may obtain a federal writ of habeas corpus by showing that his retained defense counsel represented potentially conflicting interests.


Respondent John Sullivan was indicted with Gregory Carchidi and Anthony DiPasquale for the first-degree murders of John Gorey and Rita Janda. The victims, a labor official...

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