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Habeas Appellate Court Opinion

by Agati, Taryn


AC46059 - Kukucka v. Commissioner of Correction ("The petitioner, Dale Kukucka, appeals from the judgment of the habeas court denying his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. On appeal, the petitioner claims that the court improperly denied his freestanding due process claim on the basis of procedural default. Specifically, he argues that the court erroneously concluded that the only way he could overcome procedural default was by showing ineffective assistance of appellate counsel, and, in so concluding, it improperly rejected his claim that he satisfied the cause and prejudice test set forth in Reed v. Ross, 468 U.S. 1, 13–15, 104 S. Ct. 2901, 82 L. Ed. 2d 1 (1984).We affirm the judgment of the habeas court.")