Thoughts on recent Ninth Circuit and California appellate cases from Professor Shaun Martin at the University of San Diego School of Law.
Monday, June 07, 2010
Mickey v. Ayers (9th Cir. - June 7, 2010)
Douglas Mickey is sentenced to death in California even though there's "substantial evidence" in mitigation. The trial court grants a habeas petition with respect to the sentence due to ineffective assistance of counsel, but denies the petition with respect to the guilt phase. The case goes up to the Ninth Circuit.