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Woods v. Donald, 575 U.S. ___ (2015) No. 14-618 [March 30, 2015]

Woods v. Donald

Found that the state court decision was not contrary to any clearly established holding of the Supreme Court, in particular the Court's Cronic decision because, as opposed to Cronic, here the case was only "similar to" our prior precedents, which doesn't make the state court finding unreasonable. Also, within the contours of Cronic, as fairminded jurist could conclude that a presumption of prejudice is not warranted under the facts here that counsel was only absent for a short period and during testimony not relevant to his client's theory of the case.

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