What's at Stake
Raising the same issue as Kowalski, which was dismissed on standing grounds. DECIDED
In Michigan, an indigent criminal defendant who wishes to challenge his sentence after pleading guilty (or pursue other possible legal claims) is generally not entitled to appointed counsel, even for a first appeal. Michigan is the only state in the country that denies appointed counsel under these circumstances. The question in this case is whether the Michigan rule violates the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protecting under the law.