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Skinner v. Quarterman, 07-70017

In capital habeas proceedings, denial of the habeas petition is affirmed where: 1) it was not reasonably probable that blood spatter evidence defense counsel failed to introduce would have caused the jury to acquit petitioner; and 2) petitioner failed to show that counsel ignored evidence that suggested a witness might have useful information.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/14/2009
  • Published 07/14/2009


  • JERRY E. SMITH, Circuit Judge:, Before SMITH, WIENER, and OWEN, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Douglas George Robinson, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, L.L.P., Washington, DC, Robert Charles Owen (Court-Appointed), Owen & Rountree, Austin, TX, for Skinner., Katherine D. Hayes, Austin, TX, for Quarterman.