Evans v. Ryan

Filing 35

Judge Richard G. Stearns: ORDER entered adopting Report and Recommendations re 34 Report and Recommendations. (Zierk, Marsha)

Download PDF
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS Civil Action No. 15-13767-RGS PHILLIP POPE EVANS v. KELLY RYAN ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS December 1, 2017 STEARNS, D.J. On June 12, 2011, Petitioner Phillip Pope Evans was convicted in the Superior Court of manslaughter, armed assault with intent to kill, and carrying a firearm without a license. He is currently serving a fifteen-totwenty-year sentence. On October, 26, 2015, Evans petitioned this court for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, as amended by the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA), alleging that his trial counsel did not provide constitutionally required effective assistance of counsel for having failed to consult and retain an expert in adolescent brain development. Evans argues that such an expert would have testified that given his age and intellectual development at the time of the homicide his use of force in self-defense was reasonable. See Dkt #1 at 5; Dkt #2 at 23. 1 I agree with Magistrate Judge Boal’s thorough Report and her determination that Evans has failed to show that the Massachusetts Appeals Court misapplied established Supreme Court precedent in concluding that the assistance provided by Evans’ counsel was well within “the prevailing professional norms.” Pina v. Maloney, 565 F.3d 48, 56 (1st Cir. 2009). Consequently, her recommendation is ADOPTED and the petition is DISMISSED with prejudice. Petitioner is advised that any request for the issuance of a Certificate of Appealability pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253 of the court’s Order denying his Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is also DENIED, the court seeing no meritorious or substantial basis supporting an appeal. SO ORDERED. /s/ Richard G. Stearns_____ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 1 Evans has not filed an Objection to the Report and Recommendation. 2

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?