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A criminal defendant is deprived of his right to counsel when counsel sleeps during a substantial portion of the defendant’s trial

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Mar 12, 2016 A criminal defendant is deprived of his right to counsel when counsel sleeps during a substantial portion of the defendant’s trial

On March 11, 2016, the Fourth Circuit ruled that a criminal “defendant is deprived of his right to counsel when counsel sleeps during a substantial portion of the defendant’s trial.” U.S. v. Ragin, __ F.3d __ (March 11, 2016). This of course should be a truism, but this matter in Ragin is actually a case of first impression in the Fourth Circuit, although I doubt this is the first time such substantial sleeping has happened during a trial in the Fourth Circuit.

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