Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Carolyn M. Snurkowski, Assistant Attorney General of Florida, argued the cause for petitioners. On the briefs were Jim Smith, Attorney General, and Calvin L. Fox, Assistant Attorney General.
Richard E. Shapiro argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Joseph H. Rodriguez.*
Richard J. Wilson, Charles S. Sims, and Burt Neuborne filed a brief for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association et al. as amici curiae urging affirmance.
Supreme Court of United States.
JUSTICE O'CONNOR delivered the opinion of the Court.
This case requires us to consider the proper standards for judging a criminal defendant's contention that the Constitution requires a conviction or death sentence to be set aside because counsel's assistance at the trial or sentencing was ineffective.
During a 10-day period in September 1976, respondent planned and committed three groups...
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