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KANE v. FINN

Case No. 2:07-cv-01120-RSL-JLW.

MORGAN KANE, a.k.a. John Wetmore, Petitioner, v. CLAUDE FINN, Warden, Respondent.

United States District Court, E.D. California.

August 7, 2009.


REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

JOHN L. WEINBERG, Magistrate Judge.

I. SUMMARY

Petitioner Morgan Kane, also known as John Wetmore,1 is currently incarcerated at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California. He pled guilty to one count of first degree murder, two counts of forgery, and one count of attempted forgery in Fresno County Superior Court on January 17, 1984, and was sentenced to twenty-seven-years-to-life...

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    Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

    M. Edith Cunningham , Assistant Federal Public Defender, Tucson, AZ, argued the cause and filed the briefs for the appellant. With her on the briefs was Jon M. Sands , Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona.

    Bruce M. Ferg , Assistant United States Attorney, Tucson, AZ, argued the cause and filed the brief for the appellee. With him on the brief were Dennis K. Burke , United States Attorney and Christina M. Cabanillas , Appellate Chief, for the District of Arizona.

    Opinion by Judge O'SCANNLAIN; Concurrence by Judge BERZON.


    OPINION

    O'SCANNLAIN, Circuit Judge:

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