(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed that a federal inmate’s motion for habeas relief was untimely.
(United States Ninth Circuit) – In an amended opinion, affirmed that a California inmate convicted of two murders was not entitled to federal habeas relief. He claimed ineffective assistance of counsel.
(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that a Nevada inmate did not need authorization to file a second federal habeas petition because this was his first petition challenging the amended judgment. Transferred the petition to the district court with instructions to consider it as a first habeas petition.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of an inmate’s petition for habeas corpus relief from his conviction under Wisconsin’s stalking statute. The conviction was for sending threatening letters to members of a jury that had convicted him in an earlier prosecution.
(California Court of Appeal) – Denied an inmate’s petition for habeas corpus challenging his conviction of active participation in a criminal street gang. He contended that a gang expert’s testimony violated the confrontation clause. Held that People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665 is not retroactive.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that a state inmate who had been convicted of kidnapping and rape was entitled to a hearing on his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. Reversed the denial of federal habeas relief and remanded.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – In an en banc decision, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the denial of federal habeas relief to a state inmate who argued that he was entitled to such relief because the trial judge had conducted a highly unusual ex parte, in camera examination of him before denying him leave to present …
(United States Ninth Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of a federal inmate’s three habeas corpus petitions challenging the revocation of good time credits as punishment for sending threatening letters from prison. (The inmate filed habeas petitions in two different federal districts. This appeal was from the District of Oregon.)
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Denied a Texas death row inmate’s application for a certificate of appealability. Also affirmed the district court’s denial of his request for an evidentiary hearing on his habeas petition.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that a federal prisoner’s motion to reopen proceedings under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) was an unauthorized successive motion for habeas relief. Affirmed that the district court had no jurisdiction to consider any of his claims further.