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Williams v. Cavazos, No. 07-56127 [May 27, 2016]

Williams v. Cavazos

On remand from the US Supreme Court, the Court affirmed the denial of a habeas petition alleging that the trial court’s dismissal of a holdout juror during deliberations violated her 6th Amd. rights. Based on the Supreme Court’s holding that the the presumption of a federal claim being adjudicated on the merits applied here and that the Ninth Circuit previous erred in reviewing the claim de novo it affirmed the district court apply a deferential standard. Judge Reinhardt would have reversed finding that the state court findings on the reason the jury was excused was an unreasonable finding of fact.

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