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Martin Allen Johnson v. Jeff Premo
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Supreme Court Case 1
Kathleen Cegla on behalf of Jeff Premo
Daniel J. Casey and Robert L. Huggins, Jr. on behalf of Martin Allen Johnson
Statement of Issues:
Martin Allen Johnson v. Jeff Premo (S061670) (A154129) (appeal from Marion County Circuit Court).

Defendant Jeff Premo, the Superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary, has been granted review of a Court of Appeals order that, in essence, ruled that petitioner Martin Allen Johnson, who is represented by appointed counsel on the appeal of his post-conviction relief case, can file a motion in his own name (pro se), based on a showing that he has a good faith and objectively reasonable belief that counsel lacks, or is failing to exercise, the "skills and experience commensurate with the nature of the conviction and complexity of the case, " provided that petitioner includes in the introduction to any such future pro se motion certain information related to that standard.

On review, the issue is:

Do Church v. Gladden, 244 Or 308, 417 P2d 993 (1966), its progeny, or the statutory requirement that "suitable" counsel be provided to indigent post-conviction petitioners, individually or when considered together, require a court to consider pro se motions filed by a petitioner who is represented by appointed counsel?

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