The Cal. Supremes affirmed another death penalty case:
Coming Monday, from the Cal. Supremes:
PEOPLE v. SUFF (WILLIAM)
S049741 (Riverside County Superior Court – CR 44010)
Argued in Sacramento 2-05-14
The matter is an automatic appeal from a judgment of death.
The Cal. Supremes will issue no new cases tomorrow, Thursday.
The Cal. Supremes will issue no new cases Monday.
The Cal. Supremes will issue no new opinions today.
The defense failed to show ineffective assistance of counsel
“Petitioner Steve Allen Champion seeks relief on habeas corpus from the judgment of death entered against him in 1982 in Los Angeles Superior Court, case No. A365075. On direct appeal, we affirmed that judgment and a judgment of death against his codefendant, Craig Anthony Ross. (People v. Champion (1995) 9 Cal.4th 879 (Champion).) In 2002, we issued an order to show cause based on petitioner’s allegation, in a petition for writ of habeas corpus, that his trial attorney (Ronald Skyers, now a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge) ineffectively represented him at the penalty phase of trial. We appointed the Honorable Francisco P. Briseño, Judge of the Orange County Superior Court, as referee, and directed him to take evidence and make findings of fact. Judge Briseño has done so. Based on his findings, we deny relief.”
Monday the Cal. Supremes will issue an opinion in the following case:
In re CHAMPION (STEVE ALLEN) on Habeas Corpus
Arguedin San Francisco 3-04-14
In this matter, which is related to the automatic appeal in People v. Champion, 9 Cal.4th 879, the court issued an order to show cause limited to the issue whether trial counsel provided ineffective assistance at the penalty phase of petitioner’s trial.