Scoggins v. Hall, No. 12-2338 (1st Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
After a jury trial in 1998, Petitioner was convicted iof first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. This appeal concerned Petitioner’s petition for habeas relief in which Petitioner sought to invalidate his conviction on the ground that his court-appointed attorney’s failure to interview a certain prosecution witness, Barbara Holbrook, before trial and counsel’s failure to interview or to call at trial several witnesses who allegedly could have rebutted Holbrook’s testimony constituted ineffective assistance. The district court denied the petition. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that Petitioner’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim failed on the merits.