University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Hill v. Lockhart"
Date October 07, 1985
Author Oyez
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Abstract Pursuant to a plea-bargaining agreement, petitioner pleaded guilty in an Arkansas court to charges of first-degree murder and theft of property, and the court accepted the plea, sentencing him, in accordance with the State's recommendations, to concurrent sentences of 35 years for the murder and 10 years for the theft. Petitioner later filed a federal habeas corpus petition alleging, inter alia, that his guilty plea was involuntary by reason of ineffective assistance of counsel because his court-appointed attorney had misinformed him that, if he pleaded guilty he would become eligible for parole after serving one-third of his prison sentence, whereas, under Arkansas law, petitioner, as a "second offender," was required to serve one-half of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The District Court denied habeas relief without a hearing, and the Court of Appeals affirmed.

The Supreme Court held that the District Court did not err in declining to hold a hearing on petitioner's claim.
Source Oyez

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case Hill v. Lockhart (CJ-AR-0002)

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