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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – S.C. Death Penalty – Jury Instruction – Life Imprisonment (access required)

A South Carolina federal district court erred in granting habeas relief to a death-row defendant who murdered his wife and son, on the ground that petitioner received ineffective assistance of counsel when his lawyer failed to request a jury instruction that the term "life imprisonment" should be understood in its "ordinary and plain meaning." We conclude ...

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