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Ruelas v. Wolfenbarger, No. 08-1571

In a murder prosecution, the district court's grant of a habeas petition is reversed where, even assuming state courts unreasonably applied federal law in determining that petitioner's guilty plea was not improper, the inquiry became whether the failure to consider manslaughter "had a substantial and injurious effect or influence" on the determination that he was guilty of second-degree murder, and it did not have such an effect.

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Appellate Information

Argued: June 11, 2009

Decided and Filed: September 8, 2009


Opinion by Judge Martin


For Appellant:

Jerrold E. Schrotenboer, Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Jackson, MI

For Appellee:

Nathan S. Mammen, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Washington, DC