Alabama v. LanePetition for certiorari denied on January 23, 2012
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|11-627||Ala. S. Ct.||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||OT 2011|
Issue: 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.