United States Ninth Circuit

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Rowland v. Chappell, 12-99004

Affirming the district court denial of a California prisoner's habeas corpus petition challenging his conviction for first degree murder, rape, and sentence to death because the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and its highly deferential standard did not apply to his case because he filed a request for the appointment of counsel and stay of execution before the AEDPA's effective date, that trial attorney deficiencies did not result in prejudice, inappropriate prosecutor statements in the closing argument did not violate his constitutional rights, the rejection of a non-concurrent representation conflict claim was not contrary to federal law, and declining to expand the certificate of appealability to include an unexhausted claim that delay in administration of the death penalty is an Eighth Amendment violation.

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  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2017/12/06




  • United States Ninth Circuit


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