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Williams v. Martinez, No. 08-5221

In a murder prosecution, dismissal of petitioner's habeas petition for lack of jurisdiction is reversed where, because the state court of appeals held that challenges to the effectiveness of appellate counsel could not be brought pursuant to the state collateral review statute, but were instead required to be raised through a motion to recall the mandate in that court, that statute did not deprive federal courts of jurisdiction over habeas petitions alleging ineffective assistance of appellate counsel.

Read Williams v. Martinez, No. 08-5221

Appellate Information

Decided November 13, 2009


Opinion by Judge Tatel

Concurrence by Judge Brown


For Appellant:

William Hoffman and David L. Cousineau, Washington, DC

For Appellees:

Michael T. Ambrosino and Roy W. McLeese, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Washington, DC