Kelvin Forrest, Petitioner-appellant, v. Margaret Pugh, Commissioner, Dept. of Corrections,respondent-appellee, 94 F.3d 651 (9th Cir. 1996)Annotate this Case
Submitted Aug. 8, 1996. *Decided Aug. 12, 1996
Before: GOODWIN, BRUNETTI and KOZINSKI, Circuit Judges.
Petitioner appeals the district court's dismissal, for failure to exhaust state remedies, of his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 habeas corpus petition. In his habeas petition, Petitioner argues that the trial court's refusal to allow the testimony of a certain witness violated the Compulsory Process Clause of the Sixth Amendment. In his state appeals, however, Petitioner challenged the exclusion of the witness's testimony solely on state-law grounds. Because Petitioner failed to alert the state court to the federal nature of his claim, the district court properly dismissed his petition for failure to exhaust state remedies. Duncan v. Henry, 115 S. Ct. 887, 888 (1995); Johnson v. Zenon, No. 94-36052, slip op. 8353, 8360-61 (9th Cir. July 11, 1996).