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Habeas Appellate Court Opinions

by Townsend, Karen

 

AC39289 - Hazel v. Commissioner of Correction (Claim of ineffective assistance of counsel by failing to present codefendant’s testimony; “On appeal, the petitioner claims that the habeas court erred when it concluded that his right to the effective assistance of counsel was not violated during his criminal trial. We affirm the judgment of the habeas court.”)

AC39674 - Fields v. Commissioner of Correction (Claim of ineffective assistance of counsel; “In his petition, the petitioner claimed that his trial counsel, John Paul Carroll, rendered ineffective assistance by failing to advise him before trial of the state’s offer that he resolve the charges against him by pleading guilty to felony murder in exchange for a recommended sentence of twenty-five years to serve. The habeas court rejected that claim on the ground that, although Carroll had indeed rendered constitutionally deficient performance by failing to advise the petitioner of the state’s twenty-five year plea offer, the petitioner had not been prejudiced by that deficient performance. Specifically, the court concluded that he had not proved, by a fair preponderance of the evidence, that he would have accepted the offer had Carroll conveyed it to him…Accordingly, on the basis of the court’s credibility based rejection of the petitioner’s claim that he would have accepted the state’s plea offer had it been conveyed to him, we affirm the judgment of the habeas court.”)