United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit
Criminal Procedure — ineffective assistance
A defendant failed to show that any of his four prior attorneys were ineffective.
This appeal brought by Petitioner Byron Blake (‘Blake’) seeks our review of the district court’s denial of his habeas petition, brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to challenge his convictions and sentence. Blake’s primary legal issue is that each of his three (actually four) prior attorneys, respectively, subjected him to ineffective assistance during the various stages of his prosecution and appeal. Resolving these claims requires a detailed factual explication, but the controlling legal principles reflect well settled law. Having carefully reviewed Blake’s claims, we are persuaded that the District Court’s denial of his petition for habeas relief was well founded; thus, we affirm the ruling(s) below.”
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Murphy, J., Barker, J.