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Lopez v. Smith, 13-946

Judgment granting habeas relief to defendant Smith is reversed and the case remanded for further proceedings, where: 1) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. section 2254(d)(1), a federal court may grant habeas relief on grounds that a state court misapplied federal law in adjudicating a claim on the merits only if the state court's decision was contrary to, or involved the unreasonable application of, clearly established Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States; and 2) the Ninth Circuit cited only its own precedent for establishing the appropriate standard of notice applicable in cases like this, thus failing to comply with the requirements of section 2254(d)(1).

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/06/2014
  • Published 12/04/2014



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