Lewis v. Horn, No. 06-9007 - U.S. Third Circuit
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Lewis v. Horn, No. 06-9007

District court's grant of defendant's petition for habeas relief from his death sentence is vacated and remanded as the district court erred in its analysis of the performance prong of Strickland and this error alone requires a reversal. However, defendant is entitled to an evidentiary hearing to develop the record in support of his ineffective assistance of counsel at the penalty phase claim.   District court's conviction of defendant is affirmed where: 1) defendant's Batson claim is rejected as it lacks merit; 2) defendant's ineffective assistance of counsel at the guilt phase claim is rejected; and 3) defendant's Brady claim is rejected as there can be no Brady violation where the prosecution did not have custody of the bus ticket and where it would not have provided exculpatory evidence. 

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Appellate Information

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (D.C. No. 00-cv-00802)
District Judge: Honorable Bruce W. Kauffman

Opinion Filed September 14, 2009

Judges

Before:  Smith, Fisher and Van Antwerpen, Circuit Judges 
Opinion by Fisher, Circuit Judge

Counsel

Counsel for Appellant:  Matthew C. Lawry, Billy H. Nolas

Counsel for Appellee: Joshua S. Goldwert, Thomas W. Dolgenos, Ronald Eisenberg, Arnold H. Gordon, Lynne Abraham.