Robert J. Smith, Appellant, v. United States of America, Appellee, 256 F.2d 889 (D.C. Cir. 1958)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - 256 F.2d 889 (D.C. Cir. 1958)

Argued June 9, 1958
Decided June 19, 1958
Petition for Rehearing In Banc Denied August 25, 1958

Mr. Newell Blair, Washington, D. C. (appointed by this court) for appellant.

Mr. Harold D. Rhynedance, Jr., Asst. U. S. Atty., with whom Messrs. Oliver Gasch, U. S. Atty., Carl W. Belcher and Joseph M. Hannon, Asst. U. S. Attys., were on the brief, for appellee. Mr. Lewis Carroll, Asst. U. S. Atty., also entered an appearance for appellee.

Before FAHY, WASHINGTON and DANAHER, Circuit Judges.


The appeal is from a judgment of conviction of robbery.1  The question is whether trial counsel, not counsel who on appointment by this court has ably represented defendant on the appeal, conducted the defense so incompetently as to bring about a denial of the effective assistance of counsel to which defendant was entitled under either the Fifth or the Sixth Amendment, or both. The question is presented to us on the basis of the record of the trial itself, upon consideration of which we are of opinion the claim must be denied.



31 Stat. 1322 (1901), D.C.Code, § 22-2901 (1951)