Abrante v. St. Amand, No. 09-1020 - U.S. First Circuit
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Abrante v. St. Amand, No. 09-1020

District court's denial of defendant's petition for habeas relief, convicted of armed robbery and related crimes, is affirmed where: 1) defendant has not offered clear and convincing evidence  that the state established agency relationships with inmate informants who then elicited admissions from him without the presence of counsel in violation of his Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights' 2) defendant's due process violation claim fails; 3) defendant's ineffective assistance of counsel claim is rejected; and 4) the issues defendant raises do not present the court with opportunity to consider his constitutional challenge to the AEDPA.   

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Appellate Information

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Decided February 3, 2010

Judges

Before:  Lynch, Chief Judge, Stahl, Circuit Judge, and DiClerico, District Judge

Opinion by  Circuit Judge Stahl

Counsel

For Appellant:  Victoria L. Nadel

For Appellee:    Anne Marie Thomas, Assistant Attorney General, with whom Martha Coakley, Attorney General, and Lincoln S. Jalelian, Assistant Attorney General