No. 04-1741.

416 F.3d 555 (2005)

Alejandro RUVALCABA, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Nedra CHANDLER, Warden, Respondent-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided July 20, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carl P. Clavelli (Argued), Chicago, IL, for Petitioner-Appellant.

Ira Kohlman (Argued), Office of the Attorney General, Chicago, IL, for Respondent-Appellee.

Before RIPPLE, EVANS and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.

RIPPLE, Circuit Judge.

An Illinois jury convicted Alejandro Ruvalcaba of the first degree murder and attempted murder of rival gang members. He unsuccessfully appealed to the Appellate Court of Illinois. The Supreme Court of Illinois later denied review. He then timely filed a petition for federal habeas relief. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254. In that petition, he asserted, among other matters, that his confession was involuntary and that he had been unduly prejudiced...


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