Monday, June 07, 2010

Death-Penalty Habeas


State Habeas---Death Penalty


In a lengthy opinion (33 pages), the Circuit Court affirmed the district court’s denial of habeas relief. A strongly worded dissent argued that the trial-court attorney had failed to investigate and present mitigating evidence that was or should have been available to him (and thus to a jury). As with many habeas cases, the lengthy, fact-specific inquiry is beyond the scope of this short summary.

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