Unless the Supreme Court reverses his conviction, Mr. McCoy will face the death penalty because of the decisions his attorney made against his wishes.
Last spring, I wrote about Lee v. United States, a case on appeal from the Sixth Circuit that was still pending before the Supreme Court at the time. Lee arose from a plea bargain entered into by Jae Lee, a lawful permanent resident who had
In 2009, Jae Lee–a legal resident but not an American citizen– was charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute. The evidence against Lee was staggering, and his lawyer incorrectly promised that a plea deal would not put him in danger of deportation. The
Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Maples v. Thomas. At issue was whether the petitioner had shown cause to excuse procedural default of his habeas appeal. Procedural default bars federal courts from hearing claims where the petitioner has failed to follow reasonable