The mission of the Connecticut Judicial Branch is to serve the interests of justice and the public by resolving matters brought before it in a fair, timely, efficient and open manner.

Habeas Appellate Court Opinions

by Townsend, Karen

 

AC39134 - Diaz v. Commissioner of Correction (Habeas; "First, the petitioner claims that the court abused its discretion in denying his petition for certification to appeal because his right to due process and a fair trial were violated by the prosecutor’s failure to disclose material evidence that was favorable to the defense, namely, that an express or implied agreement existed between the state and one of the state’s witnesses, Eddie Ortiz, in exchange for Ortiz’ testimony at the petitioner’s criminal trial. In connection with this claim, the petitioner also claims that the state failed to correct false testimony provided by Ortiz concerning the existence of such an agreement. Second, the petitioner claims that his right to the effective assistance of counsel was violated by virtue of representation afforded to him by counsel in a prior habeas proceeding. The petitioner claims that prior habeas counsel failed to adequately pursue his claim that his right to due process was violated by the state’s failure to disclose an agreement reached with Ortiz prior to the petitioner’s trial. Because we conclude that the court’s denial of the petition for certification to appeal reflected a proper exercise of its discretion, we dismiss the appeal.")

AC38530 - Clinton S. v. Commissioner of Correction (Habeas; "On appeal, the petitioner claims that the habeas court abused its discretion in denying his petition for certification to appeal because the record established that his criminal trial counsel had rendered ineffective assistance by (1) failing to present evidence of an alternative exculpatory explanation for the allegations made by the victim and (2) failing to investigate adequately and present evidence of the employment records of the petitioner and his wife, M. Additionally, in connection with the claim regarding M.’s employment records, the petitioner claims that the habeas court applied the wrong standard with respect to whether he was prejudiced by counsel’s allegedly deficient performance. We conclude that the court did not abuse its discretion in denying the petition for certification to appeal. Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal.")