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The State Post-Conviction Process. Appeals from the Trial Judge:

In our last entry, we discussed the most frequently raised issue seen in post-conviction cases in State courts and in Federal courts across the country. The issue is "ineffective assistance of counsel," as most prominently recognized in Strickland v. Washington, the United States Supreme Court case around which so much of post-conviction litigation revolves.

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The State Post-Conviction Process. What Issues Are Raised:

In our last entry, we examined the general parameters of the State post-conviction process. In this entry, we will summarize what issues post-conviction lawyers look to raise most, when crafting Arizona Rule 32 or Arizona Rule 33 motions.

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The "Direct Appeal" Process. Appellate Briefs:

Last month, the "direct appeal" process was defined and briefly - no pun intended - explained. In this entry, we will now focus on "direct appeal briefs."

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The State Post-Conviction Process. Where to Start:

In previous entries, we examined the "direct appeal" process. However, losing one's direct appeal does not mean all hope for overturning a conviction, or reducing a lengthy sentence, is lost.

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Demystifying the Court System. The "Post-Conviction" Courts:

In the last three parts of this Blog, we considered the organization of the trial and appellate courts. In this entry, we will now focus on "post-conviction" courts.

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Demystifying the Court System. The "Direct Appeal" Courts:

In the last two entries for this Blog, we considered the organization of the trial and appellate courts which comprise the criminal justice system. In this entry, we will now focus on "direct appeal courts."

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Demystifying the Court System. The General Structure by Diagram:

In the last Blog entry, we considered the organization of the trial courts, appellate courts and post-conviction courts which comprise the criminal justice system. When diagramed, it looks like this:

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Introduction to Jonathan Laurans & AZpostconviction.com

In nearly 30 years of handling criminal and civil appeals, and post-conviction litigation in several States and in our Federal court system, what I hear most often from clients is that the single thing they want more than anything else is for their attorney to be easily accessible to them.

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Taking the Mystery Out Of the "Trial Court" and "Appellate Court"

How is the criminal justice system organized? How many possible chances do you have to appear in front of a judge? If you lose your trial, how many appeals do you really have? How many opportunities are there for you to assert your innocence, explain the injustices in your case, and argue for your freedom, or a reduced sentence after a conviction you believe is flawed?

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