Denial of Habeas Petition Affirmed
In Pulido v. Chrones, No. 05-15916, a murder prosecution, the court affirmed the denial of petitioner's habeas petition where, at most, the jury questions suggested that the jury was uncertain about the application of the felony-murder instruction in the context of aiding and abetting, but there was no indication in the record that the jury imported this uncertainty into its application of the special-circumstance instructions.
As the court wrote: "We must decide whether erroneous jury instructions in a state murder trial were prejudicial as a matter of federal Constitutional law."
Read the Ninth Circuit's Decision in Pulido v. Chrones, No. 05-15916