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Griffin v. Pierce, 09-3138

District court's denial of defendant's petition for habeas relief from a conviction for murder, solicitation to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and a sentence of death is affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded where: 1) district court correctly denied habeas relief on the Naupe v. Illinois, 360 U.S. 264 (1959) false testimony claim as, even assuming that defendant could establish the first two prongs of the standard, he cannot show a reasonable likelihood that the prosecution's key witness's false testimony could have affected the judgment of the jury; but 2) the Illinois Supreme Court's determination that defendant was not prejudiced by his counsel's deficient performance at sentencing was an unreasonable application of Strickland.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/27/2010
  • Decided 09/22/2010
  • Published 09/22/2010



  • United States Seventh Circuit


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