Saturday, January 07, 2006
Another case the high court agreed to hear is more interesting than I at first realized. Defendant was busted by feds in St Louis. The lawyer he wanted was admitted in california, but not in the federal courts in st louis, and the judge refused to admit him pro hoc vice. The guy had to go with some other lawyer, and got convicted. The 8th circuit set aside the conviction because he was denied the right to counsel. If, and it's a big if, the Supreme Court agrees, that would be a big step forward for the right to counsel. I assume it would apply only in federal courts - it would be an even bigger change for the state courts to have to allow counsel of choice. One to watch. Scotusblog .