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Professional Responsibility Keyed to Jefferson
Jones v. Barnes
Citation:463 U.S. 745 (1983)
Barnes (Respondent) was convicted of robbery and assault in New York state court. A public defender was appointed to appeal Barnes’s case, and Barnes requested that certain issues be raised in the appeal. However, as part of his strategy, the public defender declined to press all the issues that Barnes requested. The appellate division affirmed the conviction. Barnes then filed a petition for habeas corpus in federal district court, claiming that he had received ineffective assistance from counsel because counsel had not raised every non-frivolous argument possible.
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