(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that a Nevada death row inmate was entitled to an evidentiary hearing on one of his penalty-phase ineffective assistance of counsel claims, among other things. Reversed in part the denial of federal habeas relief.
(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that a California state prisoner was entitled to federal habeas relief because insufficient evidence at his robbery trial supported a 10-year gang sentencing enhancement for a crime he committed alone. Reversed the denial of habeas relief.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Denied a death row inmate’s request for a certificate of appealability to challenge the district court’s denial of his Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(6) motion to reopen a judgment. The judgment had held that his federal habeas claims of ineffective assistance of counsel were procedurally foreclosed.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Held that the district court had jurisdiction to hear a petition for habeas corpus. The “in custody” requirement was satisfied even though the state prisoner was currently imprisoned under a different judgment than the sexually violent predator civil commitment order he was attempting to challenge. Reversed and remanded.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of a prisoner’s motion for federal habeas corpus relief. Held that jurisdiction was lacking over some of his claims because his Rule 59 motion constituted a successive habeas application.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Affirmed the dismissal of a petition for federal habeas corpus relief as untimely, noting that the defendant had not proffered new evidence of actual innocence.
(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that the district court should not have dismissed the defendant’s habeas corpus petition asserting that his prosecution for murder violated the federal constitution’s Double Jeopardy Clause. Also held that his habeas petition was not moot and that on remand the district court should convert his 28 U.S.C. section 2254 …
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of habeas corpus relief to an Illinois state prisoner who was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery, unpersuaded by his arguments about the prosecutor’s improper statements during closing arguments.
(United States Second Circuit) – Summarily affirmed the denial of a prisoner’s motion for supervised release or bail pending resolution of his habeas petition.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Denied a federal death-row inmate’s request to authorize consideration of a successive habeas motion to vacate his death sentence, in a revised opinion.