Belmont Criminal Law Journal


During the summer of 2017, the United States Supreme Court announced a decision in Davis v. Davila, which bars substantial claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel that have been procedurally defaulted. However, despite the merits of limiting the number of cases which were not diligently pursued by an inmate, the Court states its conclusion too broadly and now effectively bars a prisoner from bringing claims of significant trial error in front of any court. A prisoner’s claim that was not available until a trial-level appeal, and was then avoided due to ineffective post-conviction counsel, may now be dodged by a court on federal habeas corpus, and a significant constitutional trial right may never be heard by a United States Court.


Criminal Law, United States Supreme Court, Habeas Corpus, Ineffective Counsel