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Hedlund v. Ryan, No. 09-99019 [March 4, 2016]

Hedlund v. Ryan

Rejecting Hedlund’s claims, because they were not and unreasonable application of federal law or an unreasonable determination of the facts. Nevertheless, the court reversed his death sentence as “the Arizona Supreme Court applied a ‘causal nexus’ test, whereby not all mitigating evidence was considered” and, therefore, was contrary to clearly established federal law. Judge Wardlaw dissented disagreeing with the majority opinion on the shackling issue and on the ineffective assistance of counsel during the plea process and penalty phase.

Amended Opinion, still reversing because of the 'causal nexus' test, and order denying a petition for rehearing en banc filed 4/13/17.

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