Roman v. Mitchell, No. 18-1979 (1st Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. 2254, holding that the district court did not err in determining that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) acted reasonably in concluding that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction.
Appellant was convicted in state court of first-degree murder. The SJC affirmed Appellant's convictions and found that the evidence was constitutionally sufficient to support the first-degree murder conviction. Appellant later filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in a federal district court, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence grounding his murder conviction. The district court denied the petition. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that the SJC's rejection of Appellant's sufficiency claim was objectively reasonable.