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Ineffective assistance claim barred, without merit (access required)

Where a defendant convicted of murder, burglary, kidnapping and related crimes previously claimed that his trial counsel’s performance was constitutionally deficient, and the state post-conviction court rejected that claim, he could not introduce new evidence in his federal habeas petition. The new evidence did not demonstrate the claim had merit. Background In his application for a writ ...