MSU College of Law

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Law of Lawyering
Supreme Court Review

Cases tagged as: jury instructions

Smith v. Spisak

130 S. Ct. 676 (2010) (PDF)

State prison inmate given death sentence held not entitled to federal habeas corpus relief on claims of penalty-phase (1) unconstitutional jury instructions allegedly allowing consideration of only unanimously-found mitigating factors; or (2) ineffective assistance of counsel in closing argument.

Related tag(s): 2009 Term, attorney-client relationship, ineffective assistance of counsel, jury instructions, sixth amendment,