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Your friend has 30 days from the date of the judgment to file an appeal to the state supreme court.
The appeal can be based on ineffective assistance of counsel and any other grounds from the trial that were conducted incorrectly - such as allowing evidence in that should not have been permitted, improper testimony, improper jury instructions, etc.
The first thing you have to file is a notice of appeal. I would recommend that your friend have an attorney file this notice and proceed with the appeal procedure. If nothing else, your friend should consult local legal aid for help with drafting the notice and appeal.
Sure. You can request that you be appointed a different public defender. He would basically have to do so because he is going to allege that his first lawyer was inept in assisting him (that's his ground for appeal). Thus, his lawyer is not going to file an appeal alleging that he was ineffective.
You may also want to contact the state bar association (http://www.okbar.org/) and ask for help locating the nearest legal aid attorneys to help him with this.
The most important thing is to get your appeal filed within 30 days of the judgment or he will be barred from taking any action.
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