A Criminal Enterprise

Cert Petition on an Indigent’s Right to Counsel of Choice

Posted in Cases by Bidish J. Sarma on September 16, 2009

Rob and I decided that we would post our cert petitions up on the blog to distribute them widely and highlight legal questions we think are interesting and pressing.

Yesterday, we filed a cert petition on behalf of Jason Reeves.  As Rob noted in an earlier post, this petition deals with the issue of an indigent defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel of choice (a right robustly protected for non-indigent defendants).

Here is the Question Presented:

Whether a defendant, who accepts state-funded assistance under Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), retains a Sixth Amendment right to counsel of choice that a trial court must consider before it removes state-funded counsel.

The cert petition is attached as PDF here. Reeves Cert Petition

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