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Sexton v. Beaudreaux, 17-1106

Reversed and remanded to the Ninth Circuit in a case where Plaintiff was tried and convicted of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree robbery. After being denied a state habeas petition for ineffective assistance of counsel due to the failure to file a motion to suppress identification testimony, plaintiff filed a federal habeas motion which the district court denied, but the Ninth Circuit reversed. In reversing the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court held that ineffective assistance analysis requires showing, in addition to deficient performance and prejudice, an appropriate level deference to the state court decision, which the Ninth Circuit did not show.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/06/28




  • United States Supreme Court