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Strickland v. Washington
Citation:466 U.S. 668 (1984)
Washington (Respondent) was charged with three groups of crimes, including murders, torture, kidnapping, severe assaults, attempted murders, attempted extortion, and theft. At trial, his court-appointed counsel did not collect character evidence or request a psychiatric examination before the sentencing hearing. Washington then waived a jury trial and pleaded guilty to all charges; he was convicted and sentenced to death, and the Florida Supreme Court affirmed. Washington filed a habeas corpus action in federal court in Florida, asserting that counsel’s assistance had been ineffective.
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