811 F.2d 1505
UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
Charles L. COLE, Defendant-Appellant.
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.
Submitted Nov. 28, 1986.
Decided Feb. 3, 1987.
NOTICE: Fourth Circuit I.O.P. 36.6 states that citation of unpublished dispositions is disfavored except for establishing res judicata, estoppel, or the law of the case and requires service of copies of cited unpublished dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.
Before PHILLIPS, SPROUSE and WILKINS, Circuit Judges.
John H. Bicknell, Greene, Ketchum, Bailey & Tweel, on brief, for appellant.
Amy Michelle Lecocq, Office of the United States Attorney, for appellee.
Charles L. Cole appeals his conviction for drug offenses in violation of 21 U.S.C. Secs. 846 and 841(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2. On appeal, Cole's court-appointed attorney filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), stating that in his opinion no meritorious issues exist on appeal. A copy of the Anders brief and an invitation to supply supplemental materials were provided to Cole, who has not responded. The United States has moved for summary affirmance.
After an independent review of the record and other pertinent papers, we conclude that there are no nonfrivolous grounds for appeal and accordingly affirm the judgment below.
In the case of an unsuccessful appellant represented by appointed counsel, the responsibilities of the attorney are set forth in the plan adopted by the Fourth Circuit Judicial Council in implementation of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 3006A. These responsibilities include informing his client in writing of his right to petition the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. If so requested by his client, counsel should prepare a timely petition for the writ and take the steps that are necessary to protect the rights of his client.
Because the record and other materials before us disclose no reversible error, we dispense with oral argument and affirm the conviction.