Professional Responsibility Keyed to Hazard
Cuyler v. Sullivan
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Sullivan (Defendant), as well as two accomplices, was accused of murder. Defendant was tried separately and his trial was first. Two attorneys, who also represented the accomplices, represented him. His attorneys rested without presenting evidence. Defendant was convicted. He appealed, arguing that because of his representation, a conflict of interest existed. The conviction was affirmed. He petitioned for habeas corpus. One attorney testified at a hearing that the decision not to present a case was because of a weak state case. The other attorney testified that he did not wish to reveal the testimony of certain witnesses, in view of the upcoming trial of the accomplices. The district court denied habeas corpus, but the court of appeals reversed, holding that since a possibility of conflict existed, Defendant had been denied effective counsel. The Supreme Court granted review.
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