Michael Wiseman's Notable Litigation

Here are summaries of some of Michael Wiseman's 

notable litigation successes, along with case citations

 ● Rompilla v. Beard, 575 U.S. 374 (2005) (successful litigation of ineffective assistance of counsel claim in United States Supreme Court)  Read the Opinion below

 

 ● Wilson v. Beard, 589 F.3d 651 (3d Cir. 2009) (new trial granted in capital case based on prosecutorial misconduct)

 

 ●  Commonwealth v. Murray, 83 A.3d 137 (Pa. 2013) (achieved penalty phase releif on direct appeal for Pennsylvania death row client)

 

 ●  United States v. Steven Northington, 07-CR-550 (E.D. Pa.) (co-penalty phase counsel, achieving a unanimous life veridct in federal death penalty trial for client with killings as part of a RICO drug conspiracy, June, 2013)

 

 ● Hardcastle v. Horn, 332 Fed.Appx. 764, 2009 WL 1683335 (3d Cir. June 17, 2009) (new trial obtained based on racial discrimination in jury selection)

 

 ● Commonwealth v. Strong, 761 A.2d 1167 (Pa. 2000) (new trial obtained in Pennsylvania Supreme Court for death-sentenced prisoner based on prosecutorial misconduct)

 

 ● Commonwealth v. Yarris, 690-1982 (CCP Del. Co. 2004) (capital client exonerated through DNA)

 

 ● Commonwealth v. Collins, 888 A.2d 564 (Pa. 2008) (successful litigation of ineffective assistance of counsel claim in Pennsylvania Supreme Court)

 

 ● Appel v. Horn, 250 F.3d 203 (3d Cir. 2001) (new trial achieved for capital client based on Cronic violation)
  
 ● Bond v. Beard, 539 F.3d 256 (3d Cir. 2008) (successful litigation of  claim of ineffectiveness  of counsel at penalty phase)

 

 ● Wilson v. Beard, 426 F.3d 653 (3d Cir. 2005) (new trial obtained based on prosecutor’s racial discrimination in jury selection)

 

 ● Jermyn v. Horn, 266 F.3d 257 (3d Cir. 2001) (successful litigation of ineffectiveness of counsel at penalty phase claim in capital case)

 

 ● United States v. Hammer, 404 F.Supp.2d 676 (M.D. Pa, 2006) (successful litigation of ineffectiveness of counsel claim following 14 week federal court evidentiary hearing)

 

 ● Death Row Prisoners v. Ridge, 106 F.3d 35 (3d Cir. 1997) (class action forcing Pennsylvania to declare that it has “opted-out” of Chapter 154 of AEDPA)

 

 ● Ragan v. Horn, 411 Fed.App. 491, 2011 WL 149461 (3d Cir. Jan. 14, 2011) (obtained equitable tolling of habeas corpus limitations period for capital client)

 

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