VA: CoA erred in reversing conviction for 4A error where it didn’t contribute to verdict

The Court of Appeals erred in reversing defendant’s conviction because of an alleged Fourth Amendment error where the uncontested evidence demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt that a rational juror would have found him guilty without the disputed evidence, because that evidence played a limited role at trial, and other evidence of his guilt was overwhelming. Commonwealth v. White, 293 Va. 411, 799 S.E.2d 494 (June 1, 2017) [yes, just came through]

2254 petitioner is denied a COA on his habeas claim. His ineffective assistance of counsel claim against counsel on the search fails as a matter of law because the search was based on a telephone call between defendant and the victim in a child pornography case, not on his custodial interrogation that allegedly led to the search warrant. Reasonable jurists would not find merit in this claims. Rightmire v. Florida, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 17623 (11th Cir. May 15, 2017).*

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