In a drug possession prosecution, denial of petitioner's habeas petition is affirmed where petitioner never raised a claim for unconstitutional denial of his right to self-representation -- i.e. to proceed without a lawyer -- on direct appeal in the state courts, nor in his state habeas petition, nor in his district court habeas petition.
Argued June 23, 2009
Filed December 9, 2009
Opinion by Judge Bea
Jan B. Norman, Los Angeles, CA
Blythe J. Leszkay and Colleen Mary Tiedemann, Deputy Attorneys General, Los Angeles, CA