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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Magwood v. Patterson
Citation:561 U.S. 320 (2010)
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After a conviction for a drug offense, Magwood served several years in the Coffee County Jail in Alabama. Shortly after his release, he shot the jail county and fled the scene. Magwood was indicted for the murder but pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity; however, the jury found him guilty of capital murder and imposed the sentence of death. Magwood filed an application for a writ of habeas corpus. The district court upheld Magwood’s conviction but vacated his sentence and granted the writ. In response, the state trial court held a new sentencing proceeding and imposed a penalty of death. The Alabama courts affirmed. In April 1997, Magwood sought leave to file a second or successive application for a writ of habeas corpus challenging his judgment of conviction. The Court of Appeals denied his request. He simultaneously filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging his new death sentence, which the district court conditionally granted.
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