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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Ineffective Assistance – Death Penalty (access required)

Although the petitioner in this federal habeas proceeding asserts that the mental health expert appointed to evaluate him for mitigation purposes provided incompetent assistance, the transcript indicates that the commonwealth did not present any psychiatric evidence concerning defendant's future dangerousness, and petitioner therefore did not have the right under Virginia law at that time to ...