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Appellate Practice

Jan. 28, 1999

No-Merit Briefs Rejected as Ineffective Aid

SAN FRANCISCO - In a ruling that could have a broad impact in this state, a federal appellate court held Tuesday that a controversial California practice, in which attorneys file criminal appeals that leave it to appellate courts to find an issue, can constitute ineffective assistance of counsel.

By Pamela A. MacLean
Daily Journal Staff Writer
        SAN FRANCISCO - In a ruling that could have a broad impact in this state, a federal appellate court held Tuesday that a controversial California practice, in which attorneys file criminal appeals that leave it to appellate courts to find an issue, can constitute ineffective assistance of counsel.

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