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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides five today, one from Indiana

In Davis, Anthony D. v. VanNatta, John (ND Ind., Allen Sharp, Judge), a prisoner appeal, Judge Manion writes:

An Indiana jury convicted Anthony Davis of two counts of delivering cocaine. After pursuing a direct appeal and seeking collateral relief in the Indiana courts, Davis filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in federal court asserting, among other claims, that he was denied effective assistance of counsel. The district court denied the petition. Davis appeals.

Davis’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel cannot succeed on the merits because the circumstances do not warrant the application of Cronic and because he fails to demonstrate prejudice. We therefore AFFIRM the district court’s denial of the petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 9, 2006 12:40 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions