Arkansas district court orders evidentiary hearing pursuant to Martinez
Posted on: 7/24/2014 09:22:46 AM by Peoples
United States District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes of the Eastern District of Arkansas found that death row inmate Thomas Springs was “entitled to an evidentiary hearing on the question of whether he has a substantial claim of ineffective assistance of counsel at trial and during the penalty phase” on numerous claims related to Springs’ mental health and on the issue of whether state post-conviction counsel was ineffective in failing to pursue those claims.  Springs v. Hobbs, 2014 WL 2815804 (E.D. Ark. June 23, 2014).  Judge Holmes also included in the evidentiary hearing trial counsel’s failure to call Springs’ daughters at sentencing and state post-conviction counsel’s failure to call her at the post-conviction proceeding.