Thomson ReutersJanuary 8, 2013 16:15
* Court says lawyers can pursue appeals without client help
* Competency of defendant does not flow from right to counsel
* One case on hold for nearly three decades, prisoner died
By Jonathan Stempel
WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts are not required to suspend a prisoner's appeal for reversal of his state court conviction on the grounds that the prisoner is incompetent to participate in his case.