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Something that has me wondering

My attention has been called to a sentence from a post-conviction opinion by Justice Carlson in a death penalty case in which the court remanded for a hearing on ineffective assistance of counsel:  “Contrary to the arguments of the State, even a murderer is entitled to the effective assistance of counsel.”

Am I take it from this language that someone in the attorney general’s office argued that one accused of a capital crime is not entitled to effective assistance of counsel?  I thought this was resolved in, oh, the 1930s but certainly by 1961.

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