William E. Blair, Petitioner-appellant, v. Edward Murray, Respondent-appellee, 927 F.2d 595 (4th Cir. 1991)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 927 F.2d 595 (4th Cir. 1991)

Submitted Jan. 22, 1991. Decided March 1, 1991

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, at Roanoke. James C. Turk, Chief District Judge. (CA-87-329-R; CA-87-330-R; CA-87-331-R; CA-87-332-R; CA-87-333-R; CA-87-334-R)

William E. Blair, appellant pro se.

Robert H. Anderson, III, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Richmond, Va., for Appellee.

W.D. Va.


Before MURNAGHAN and WILKINSON, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.


William E. Blair appeals from the district court's order refusing habeas corpus relief on his six petitions pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Our review of the record and the district court's opinion discloses that this appeal is without merit. The district court addressed Blair's claims concerning Charles Hunnell and alleged prosecutorial misconduct and we agree with the reasoning of the district court as to those claims. Blair v. Murray, CA-87-329-R; CA-87-330-R; CA-87-331-R; CA-87-332-R; CA-87-333-R; CA-87-334-R (W.D. Va. May 3, 1989). Blair also claimed that insufficient evidence supported his convictions in Wythe County and Pittsylvania County. However, we find that there was sufficient evidence presented in each of these trials to sustain his convictions. We also find no merit in Blair's contention that his July 9, 1981, Rockbridge County trial was tainted by an unconstitutional line-up or show-up. Finally, we conclude that Blair failed to establish that he received ineffective assistance of trial or appellate counsel.

Accordingly, we deny a certificate of probable cause and dismiss the appeal for the reasons stated. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.