States have broad discretion in the handling of unmeritorious appeals from indigent defendants, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that will please California’s appellate judiciary.

The court, in a 5-4 opinion, upheld California’s controversial Wende procedure, which is invoked when court-appointed appellate counsel can find nothing worth arguing. Under Wende, counsel inform the court that there are no arguable appellate issues and ask the court to conduct an independent review of the trial record.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]