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Criminal – No Habeas for Defense Lawyer’s Double Duty (access required)

A death-row defendant did not show prejudice from his trial lawyer’s concurrent representation of the sheriff in an EEOC matter, and the 4th Circuit denies habeas relief, holding on an issue of first impression that a state post-conviction court’s alternative merits ruling gets AEDPA deference from a federal habeas court. Stephens v. Branker (VLW 009-2-120) (26 ...

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