Abrante v. St. Amand, No. 09-1020
District court's denial of defendant's petition for habeas relief, convicted of armed robbery and related crimes, is affirmed where: 1) defendant has not offered clear and convincing evidence that the state established agency relationships with inmate informants who then elicited admissions from him without the presence of counsel in violation of his Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights' 2) defendant's due process violation claim fails; 3) defendant's ineffective assistance of counsel claim is rejected; and 4) the issues defendant raises do not present the court with opportunity to consider his constitutional challenge to the AEDPA.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Decided February 3, 2010
Opinion by Circuit Judge Stahl
For Appellant: Victoria L. Nadel
For Appellee: Anne Marie Thomas, Assistant Attorney General, with whom Martha Coakley, Attorney General, and Lincoln S. Jalelian, Assistant Attorney General