Thursday, June 28, 2007, 3:32 PM

Failure To File Notice Of Appeal Constitutes Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel

In United States v. Poindexter, the Fourth Circuit held that a lawyer's failing to timely file notice of appeal when unequivocally instructed by his client to do so, thereby depriving his client of an appeal, constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel under the Sixth Amendment.

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