Tuesday, August 9, 2011

District Court grants habeas petition after state Brady violation

Wolfe v. Clarke, No. 2:05cv423, 2011 WL 3251494 (E.D. Va. July 26, 2011):

[For a few news articles on this case:  Washington Post, Virginia Lawyers Weekly.]

[FourthCircuitHabeas previously covered this case here.]

The District Court overturned a death sentence after determining that prosecutors withheld or ignored exculpatory evidence and potential testimony. The District Court lambasted the Commonwealth's "tenuous" case which was "replete with hearsay and speculation."

This blog tends to focus on the procedural complexities and developments of habeas law in the Fourth Circuit. For that reason, the substantive law and facts of the case are not presented here.

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