Ross v. Moffitt
United States Supreme Court
417 U.S. 600 (1974)
Moffitt (defendant) was convicted of criminal charges in two separate cases. Moffitt was represented by a court-appointed attorney at trial. Moffitt appealed both convictions in the state appellate court and was represented on appeal by court-appointed counsel. Both convictions were upheld. The federal district court held that Moffitt was not entitled to representation at state expense for assistance with preparing his petitions for review by the state supreme court and the United States Supreme Court. The federal court of appeals reversed the district court decisions and held that Moffitt was entitled to representation at state expense.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
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