Direct Federal Appeals in Utah
A direct appeal, unlike proceedings for habeas corpus, will be limited to mistakes which appear on a trial record. As one example, imagine that a defendant stood accused of a criminal act that was discovered to have happened on a certain day. This defendant informs his attorney that he was within Utah for one month after and before that day. In order to verify the alibi, he will provide the attorney with the identities of ten witnesses who may prove his presence within Utah during that time. If the attorney does not interview those witnesses or does not call the witnesses to testify in trial and a defendant is convicted, his trial record will show that the ten witnesses didn’t testify. Why these witnesses did not testify potentially won’t appear on the record. If the reason does, the attorney’s deficient conduct might be one ground raised upon direct appeal. If the reason doesn’t appear on the record, it may just be raised within a proceeding for habeas corpus after a direct appeal, if an appeal isn’t successful on additional grounds.
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