RESPONDENT: Robert J. Van Hook
LOCATION: Ohio State Penitentiary
DOCKET NO.: 09-144
DECIDED BY: Roberts Court (2009-2010)
CITATION: 558 US 4 (2009)
GRANTED: Nov 09, 2009
DECIDED: Nov 09, 2009
Facts of the case
An Ohio state court convicted Robert J. Van Hook for aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, and imposed a death sentence. After exhausting his state court remedies, Mr. Van Hook filed for federal habeas corpus relief in an Ohio federal district court. After numerous appeals and remands, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted Van Hook relief, holding that Mr. Van Hook's lawyers performed deficiently in investigating and presenting mitigating evidence at his sentencing.
Did the Sixth Circuit err in granting habeas relief on the petitioner's ineffective assistance of counsel claim?