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Stephen Smalls v. State of South Carolina, filed 2/7/18: South Carolina Supreme Court Reverses Conviction Finding that COA Did Not Properly Assess State’s Evidence of Guilt. Also, Court Clarifies It Reviews PCR Legal Conclusion De Novo.
February 8, 2018
United States v. Pleitez, 5th Cir., filed 11/22/17: Increase in Restitution Award Without the Assistance of Counsel Reversed; Restitution Increase “Critical Stage” of Criminal Proceeding.
November 29, 2017
Burgess v. United States, 11th Cir., filed 11/6/17, Court Vacates §2255 Denial When Judge Sua Sponte Raises Procedural Bar
November 16, 2017
Sawyer v. United States, 2017 WL 4700089 (7th Cir, unpublished, 10/20/17): Evidentiary Hearing Required Even If Petitioner’s Claims Are Self-Serving.
October 29, 2017
United States v. Skelos, 2nd Cir.,filed 9/26/17: Reversal for Erroneous “Official Acts” Jury Instruction.
October 17, 2017
Browning v. Baker et al., 9th Circuit, filed 9/20/17: HABEAS WIN on Brady claim, and Trial Counsel Ineffectiveness re: Investigation.
September 22, 2017
United States v. Antonio Walter and Kenneth Bell, 7th Circuit, filed 8/29/17: REVERSAL based on Brady Violation
September 19, 2017
US v. Griffith, Cir. D.C., filed August 18, 2017: Exceptionally Strong 4th Amendment Opinion; Great News for Privacy and Electronic Devices
September 5, 2017
Tanner v. Yukins, 6th Cir., filed 8/15/17: Habeas WIN on a sufficiency of the evidence claim.
August 29, 2017
State v. Stanley Lamar Wrapp, S.C. Ct. App., filed 8/17/17: REVERSAL Due to Lack of Notice that Trial Would Be Held in Absentia
August 23, 2017