Hill v. Lockhart
United States Supreme Court
474 U.S. 52 (1985)
William Lloyd Hill (defendant) was charged with first-degree murder and theft, which carries a sentence of five to 50 years or life imprisonment under Arkansas law. Hill’s attorney secured a plea deal in which Hill would plead guilty in exchange for the prosecutor’s recommendation of concurrent sentences of 35 years for murder and 10 years for theft. Hill signed an agreement that the guilty plea was knowing and voluntary, that there was no coercion, and that Hill understood his rights and wanted to plead guilty. At the hearing, Hill again stated that the plea was voluntary. The judge and Hill’s attorney told Hill that he would not be eligible for parole until serving 1/3 of the sentence. Because Hill was a second offender, Hill would not actually be eligible for parole until serving ½ of the sentence. On the basis of the attorney’s mistake as to parole eligibility, Hill filed a habeas corpus petition in federal court claiming that his plea was involuntary due to ineffective assistance of counsel. The district court denied the petition. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 171,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.