Thursday, February 07, 2013

Smith v. Hedgpeth (9th Cir. - Feb. 5, 2013)

It's an AEDPA state habeas case.  The defendant brutally beat his wife in front of his two teenage daughters, leaving her in a hospital (or nursing home) for four months.  The panel consists of Farris, Fernandez and Bybee.  The district court denied habeas relief.

There's no chance the panel's going to reverse.  And it doesn't.  The judges don't even bother with oral argument.

No surprise.  Even less of a surprise once one catches from the caption the judge in the district court was this guy.