Loftis v. Almager, No. 09-16884 (9th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Petitioner sought a writ of habeas corpus challenging his California conviction of second degree murder. The district court denied the petition but the court raised a certificate of appealability regarding whether there was a sufficient factual basis to support petitioner's no contest plea and whether his plea was knowing and voluntary. Because petitioner did not enter an Alford plea, the state court was under no obligation, under the federal Constitution, to find a factual basis. Petitioner provided no other reason to find his plea unknowing or involuntary. Accordingly, the court held that petitioner was not entitled to habeas relief.