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Habeas Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen

 

AC39280 - Hampton v. Commissioner of Correction (Habeas; "On appeal, the petitioner claims that the habeas court improperly concluded that his claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel fails on the prejudice prong of the test set forth in Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 687, 104 S. Ct. 2052, 80 L. Ed. 2d 674 (1984). Having thoroughly reviewed the record, we conclude that the habeas court properly denied the petition and, accordingly, affirm the judgment… For the petitioner to prevail on the prejudice prong of his habeas claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, however, the high burden is on him to prove that there is a reasonable probability that, but for counsel’s unprofessional errors, the result of the trial as to count eight would have been different. The petitioner has failed to show that his theory of juror nonunanimity was anything more than speculative and, thus, has not undermined confidence in the outcome. We, therefore, conclude that the habeas court did not improperly conclude that the petitioner’s claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel fails on the prejudice prong of the Strickland test. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the habeas court.")