Under SB 1437, When Must the Judge Appoint Free Counsel?

The judge assigned to rule on a petition for resentencing under the new felony murder rule (SB 1437) must appoint counsel for petitioner if the judge finds petitioner has made a prima facie showing of entitlement to relief. How does a person, without an attorney, make a prima facie showing of entitlement to relief? The answer is that one needs to simply “check a few boxes” on the form SB 1437 petition, but the judge can look into the representations to see if the petitioner is telling the truth. To read more about getting counsel appointed for free, please click on the following article – https://www.greghillassociates.com/under-sb-1437-when-must-judge-appoint-free-counsel.html

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