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Habeas Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20679 - Grant v. Commissioner of Correction (Sixth amendment right to autonomy; Ineffective assistance of counsel; Whether petitioner's right to autonomy was violated by defense counsel's concession of guilt as to lesser included offense; Whether defense counsel rendered ineffective assistance by conceding guilt as to lesser included offense; "The petitioner, David Grant, appeals from the judgment of the habeas court denying his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, in which he sought to vacate his conviction of manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-55 (a) (1) and 53a-55a (a), assault in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-59 (a) (5), and criminal possession of a firearm in violation of General Statutes § 53a-217. The petitioner claims that the habeas court incorrectly determined that (1) McCoy v. Louisiana, ___ U.S. ___, 138 S. Ct. 1500, 200 L. Ed. 2d 821 (2018), which recognized a criminal defendant's right under the sixth amendment to the United States constitution to autonomy in deciding the fundamental objectives of his defense, was not implicated under the facts of this case, and (2) his trial counsel, Sebastian DeSantis, did not render ineffective assistance of counsel under Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 104 S. Ct. 2052, 80 L. Ed. 2d 674 (1984), when he conceded, during closing argument, that the petitioner was guilty of manslaughter. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the habeas court.")