Petition of the day
The petition of the day is:
Alabama v. Lane
Issue(s): Whether a criminal defendant, to whom the Sixth Amendment grants no right to choose which lawyer a court will appoint to represent him in the first instance, nevertheless has a Sixth Amendment right to choose continued representation by that appointed lawyer, such that a court's erroneous replacement of that lawyer is structural error requiring automatic reversal, even when substitute counsel provides effective representation and the defendant is not otherwise prejudiced.
Certiorari stage documents:
Recommended Citation: Kiera Flynn, Petition of the day, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 6, 2011, 8:14 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2011/12/petition-of-the-day-221/