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Habeas Appellate Court Opinion

by Zigadto, Janet


AC37692 - Fernandez v. Commissioner of Correction ("The petitioner, Rafael Fernandez, appeals from the judgment of the habeas court dismissing his second amended petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which alleged that communications between the then self-represented petitioner and the assistant state's attorney during plea negotiations, and the resulting implication of the assistant state's attorney as a potential witness at the petitioner's trial, required the disqualification of all of the state's attorney's offices and the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, and that the failure of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney to disqualify itself violated his right to a fair trial. On appeal, the petitioner claims that the habeas court improperly granted the motion to dismiss the petition filed by the respondent, the Commissioner of Correction, on the ground that the petition failed to state a claim upon which habeas corpus relief can be granted. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the habeas court.")