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March 24-25, 2009
CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, HABEAS CORPUS
Knowles v. Mirzayance, No. 07-1315
The District Court’s grant of Petitioner’s habeas petition is reversed, where, whether the state court’s denial of his ineffective assistance claim is reviewed under 28 U.S.C. section 2254(d)(1)’s standard or de novo, Petitioner failed to establish that his counsel’s performance was ineffective
CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, SENTENCING
Puckett v. US, No. 07-9712
The plain-error test of Fed. R. Crim. P. 52(b), which instructs parties how to preserve claims of error, applies to a forfeited claim that the government failed to meet its obligations under a plea agreement, and applies in the usual fashion. Sentence for bank robbery is therefore affirmed.