Premo v. Moore

Facts of the Case

Randy Moore pled no-contest to felony murder in an Oregon trial court and sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment. After exhausting his post-conviction state court remedies, Mr. Moore petitioned for habeas corpus relief in an Oregon federal district court. Mr. Moore argued that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to recognize that his taped confession was obtained unconstitutionally. The district court denied the petition.


Does a lawyer provide inadequate representation by failing to seek suppression of a client’s confession before he pleads no contest to murder?


No. The court reversed the appeals court decision, holding that defense counsel was not ineffective and that Moore was not in any event prejudiced by his counsel’s actions. Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the opinion for the court with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filing a concurring opinion. Justice Elena Kagan did not participate in the consideration or decision of the case.

Case Information

  • Citation: 562 US 115 (2011)
  • Granted: Mar 22, 2010
  • Argued: Oct 12, 2010
  • Decided Jan 19, 2011