No. S048929.

77 Cal.Rptr.2d 153 (1998)

959 P.2d 311

18 Cal.4th 770

In re Malcolm J. ROBBINS, On Habeas Corpus.

Supreme Court of California.

Rehearing Denied September 23, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Karen R. Smith, Los Angeles, under appointment by the Supreme Court, and Richard H. Chapnik, Calabasas, for Petitioner.

Daniel E. Lungren, Attorney General, George Williamson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Carol Wendelin Pollack, Assistant Attorney General, Susan Lee Frierson, Donald E. DeNicola and Marc J. Nolan, Deputy Attorneys General, for Respondent.

Kent S. Scheidegger and Charles L. Hobson, Sacramento, as Amici Curiae on behalf of Respondent.

GEORGE, Chief Justice.

In California, as in other states and the federal system, in criminal proceedings it is the trial that is the main arena for determining the guilt or innocence of an accused defendant and, in a capital case, for determining whether or not the death penalty should appropriately be imposed on the defendant for the offense at issue. At trial, a defendant is afforded counsel and a panoply of...

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