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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Strickland v. Washington
Citation:466 U.S. 668 (1984)
During a 10-day period in September 1976, defendant planned and committed three groups of crimes, which included three brutal stabbing murders, torture, kidnapping, severe assaults, attempted murders, attempted extortion, and theft. He surrendered to police and voluntarily gave a lengthy statement confessing to the third of the criminal episodes. The State of Florida indicted respondent for kidnapping and murder and appointed an experienced criminal lawyer to represent him. Against counsel’s specific advice, defendant had confessed to the first two murders. Defendant then waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to all charges. Counsel did not collect character evidence or request a psychiatric examination before the sentencing hearing. Defendant was sentenced to death, and he sought habeas corpus relief due the failures of his counsel to come up with mitigating evidence.
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