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Wood v. Allen, No. 08-9156

In capital habeas proceedings, a court of appeals' reversal of a grant of petitioner's petition is affirmed where a state court's conclusion that defense counsel made a strategic decision not to pursue or present evidence of petitioner's mental deficiencies was not an unreasonable determination of the facts in light of the evidence presented in the state court proceedings.

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Appellate Information

Argued November 4, 2009

Decided January 20, 2010


Opinion by Justice Sotomayor

Dissent by Justice Stevens