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Townes v. Jarvis, No. 05-7382

In a habeas petition claiming that a parole ineligibility determination violated petitioner's due process and equal protection rights, denial of the petition is affirmed where petitioner did not identify any clearly established federal law that prohibited the parole board from considering conduct unnecessary to a conviction as part of its three-strikes determination.

Read Townes v. Jarvis, No. 05-7382

Appellate Information

Argued: December 3, 2008

Decided: August 19, 2009


Opinion by Judge Motz

Dissent by Judge Shedd


For Appellant:

Justin Sanjeeve Antonipillai, Arnold & Porter, L.L.P., Washington, DC

For Appellees:

Richard Carson Vorhis, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Richmond, VA