Richter v. Hickman, No. 06-15614 - U.S. Ninth Circuit
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Richter v. Hickman, No. 06-15614

In a murder case, petitioner's habeas petition is granted where defense counsel performed inadequately by failing to consult with a forensic expert, and this resulted in prejudice because the available forensic testimony would have contradicted the prosecution's explanation of the events that transpired.

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Appellate Information

Argued and Submitted December 17, 2008

Filed August 10, 2009

Judges

Opinion by Judge Reinhardt

Dissent by Judge Bybee

Counsel

For Appellant:

Cliff Gardner, Oakland, CA

For Appellee:

Harry Joseph Colombo, Deputy Attorney General, Sacramento, CA

John G. McLean, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Sacramento, CA