Raleigh v. Secretary, FL DOC, No. 14-14198 (11th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death, appealed the denial of his petition for habeas relief. Petitioner argued that (1) the state violated petitioner’s due process rights by knowingly presenting false evidence at his sentencing proceeding; (2) the state violated the Due Process Clause and the Eighth Amendment by presenting differing theories about his culpability at his sentencing proceeding and at his co-defendant’s trial; (3) trial counsel provided unconstitutionally ineffective assistance by opening the door to the admission of the co-defendant’s tape-recorded confession; and (4) trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by inadequately preparing a mental health expert who testified in mitigation at petitioner's penalty phase trial. The court concluded that the Florida Supreme Court’s determination that petitioner had to show that the state knowingly presented false evidence was fully consonant with Supreme Court precedent; the Florida Supreme Court acted reasonably in rejecting petitioner's inconsistent-theories claim; and the court rejected the ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims. The court concluded that the Florida Supreme Court’s denials of petitioner's claims were neither contrary to nor an unreasonable application of clearly established federal law, nor were they based on an unreasonable determination of the facts. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.