A death row inmate’s post-conviction petition requesting equitable relief was properly denied by the district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Oct. 29.
Edmund Zagorski was convicted of two murders in state court. He argued his trial counsel was ineffective and his original post-conviction counsel was ineffective by not raising that issue in his habeas corpus petition in federal court.
But that argument was procedurally defaulted and not revived by intervening U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the opinion by Judge Deborah L. Cook said.
Zagorski also didn’t show his trial counsel’s failure to investigate other suspects...