"No," said Monte Cristo, "which is precisely the reason which renders your kindness more meritorious,—it is in the country."
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Despite numerous potentially meritorious grounds for appeal, Joe’s appointed appellate counsel filed an Anders brief—indicating his belief that there were no legitimate grounds for appeal and no credible basis to complain about the conviction or sentence—and was permitted to withdraw from representing Joe.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
In point of meritorious character, the two things seemed about equal.