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CRIMINAL – Habeas – N.C. Death Penalty – Ineffective Assistance (access required)

On an issue of first impression, the 4th Circuit joins the 6th and 2nd Circuits to hold that a state post-conviction court’s alternative ruling on the merits gets the same deference from a federal habeas court under the Antiterrorism & Effective Death Penalty Act, as if it were the only or primary ruling; the court ...