Hyatt v. Branker, 08-15
In a capital habeas matter, the denial of Petitioner's petition is affirmed, where: 1) a law enforcement officer did not hear Petitioner make an unequivocal request for counsel prior to making his confession; and 2) the state court did not err in holding that Petitioner waived his right to counsel during a custodial interrogation.
Argued: May 14, 2009
Decided: June 23, 2009
Judge Motz delivered the opinion of the Court.
Milton Gordon Widenhouse, Jr., Rudolf, Widenhouse & Fialko, Chapel Hill, NC
Faith S. Bushnaq, Bushnaq Law Office, PLLC, Charlotte, NC
Valerie Blanche Spalding, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, NC
Roy Cooper, Attorney General of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
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