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SCOTUS Peremptorily Reverses a Habeas IAC Holding

In Wong v. Belemontes, Supreme Court No. 08-1263, the Court summarily reversed the grant of a habeas corpus to a death penalty prisoner based on ineffective assistance of counsel in the sentencing phase. The issue in the case was whether capital trial counsel failed to present sufficient mitigation evidence at the capital sentencing phase. The ruling appears very limited. Reading the Court's opinion, the Court seems to say that a jury would probably have given the prisoner the death penalty even if all the evidence had been presented.