JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to allow a Mississippi death row inmate to pursue a post conviction claim that his attorney should have done a better job at his trial.
Edwin Hart Turner had sought approval from the federal courts for a certificate of appealability on the ineffective counsel issue. The COA is similar to a post-conviction petition, in which an inmate argues he has found new evidence - or a possible constitutional issue - that could persuade a court to order a new trial.
The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Turner's petition in 2007. A federal judge did the same in 2010.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this past week ruled against Turner.
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