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Abdul-Salaam v. Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, 14-9001

Reversed the denial of habeas relief by a petitioner who was convicted in state court of murder and sentenced to death. The petitioner argued ineffective assistance of counsel during the sentencing phase as his trial counsel could not have had a strategic reason for failing to investigate his school and juvenile records, to acquire a mental health evaluation, or to interview more family members about his childhood abuse and poverty. In reversing the denial of relief, the Third Circuit determined that there was a reasonable probability that the un-presented evidence would have caused at least one juror to vote for a sentence of life imprisonment instead of the death penalty.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/12


  • Chagares


  • United States Third Circuit


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