District court's denial of defendant's petition for habeas relief is affirmed where: 1) defendant forfeited his right to raise a Batson claim on appeal; 2) defendant's ineffective assistance claim fails to meet the first prong of the Strickland standard; and 3) a state court reasonably applied established federal law regarding Sixth Amendment ineffective assistance claims.
On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of New Jersey
Opinion Filed February 5, 2010
Opinion by Circuit Judge Garth
For Appellant: Mary Gibbons
For Appellee: Robert D. Bernardi, Jennifer B. Paszkiewicz