District court's denial of petition for habeas relief by a defendant convicted of multiple crimes related to a 1998 shooting death is affirmed where: 1) defendant failed to make a prima facie showing of the prejudice element of his ineffective assistance of counsel claims; and 2) the district court did not abuse its discretion in declining to convene an evidentiary hearing to resolve defendant's claims.
On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Opinion Filed January 26, 2010
Opinion by Circuit Judge Fuentes
For Appellant: Stephen M. Latimer, Loughlin & Latimer
For Appellee: Jack J. Lipari, Assistant Prosecutor