US Supreme Court dismisses Idaho inmate's case

Washington D.c.


By Gina Jameson


WASHINGTON (AP) _ The U-S Supreme Court has dismissed a case
involving an Idaho defendant who says his lawyers gave him bad
advice when they told him to reject a plea deal that didn't involve
the death penalty.

The high court issued its ruling today in the case of convicted
murderer Maxwell Hoffman.

In November, the justices said they would decide whether Hoffman
is entitled to the plea deal anyway.

But Hoffman and the state asked the court to dismiss the case
because a lower court order to have him resentenced remains in
effect. His chances of getting another death sentence are remote.

Defense lawyer Joan Fischer says Hoffman wants the new sentence
quickly because it could mean a better cell in less restrictive
Hoffman was sentenced to death in 1989 for the revenge slaying
of a police drug informant.

In 2002, a federal judge in Boise ordered that Hoffman be
resentenced because his attorneys didn't adequately represent him
during the sentencing phase of his trial.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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