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Jamie Snow’s federal appeal given new life

When a Northern Illinois District Court judge denied Snow’s federal habeas petition right before Christmas, she also summarily denied his request to appeal the decision to a higher court by issuing a denial of Snow’s Certificate of Appealability (COA) at the same time.

The Exoneration Project immediately appealed the denial of the COA, and was granted the right to appeal to the Seventh Circuit on February 18th. The order explicitly states:

We find that Snow has made a substantial showing of the denial of his right to

(1) the effective assistance of trial counsel with respect to evidence about Danny Martinez and Carlos Lunda, and

(2) due process under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963).

We also find that the district court’s procedural default determination is debatable.

In order to obtain a COA under § 2253(c), a habeas prisoner must make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right, a demonstration that, under Barefoot, includes showing that reasonable jurists could debate whether (or, for that matter, agree that) the petition should have been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented were “‘adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further.'”

Further, in order to obtain a certificate of appealability when dismissal is based on procedural grounds, a petitioner must show, “at least, that jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the petition states a valid claim of the denial of a constitutional right and that jurists of reason would find it debatable whether the district court was correct in its procedural ruling.” Slack, 529 U.S. at 484.

We are very excited to be able to present Jamie’s case to the Seventh Circuit.

We currently do not have definitive timelines for the procedures, but will keep you posted updated.


13 Comments on Jamie Snow’s federal appeal given new life

  1. Elizabeth Gruber
    April 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

    What an incredible miscarriage of justice. Test the DNA. What is Chambers hiding and afraid of being wrong maybe??? A man’s life is at stake. You can face being wrong but try facing years in prison for something you didn’t do.

  2. Mark tucket
    June 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm (2 years ago)

    He deserves to be freed after Mclean county railroaded him

  3. Glenna Lobet
    June 4, 2017 at 4:57 am (2 years ago)

    Great decision! Go for it!

  4. TROY
    June 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Prayers Jamie.i hope the best fir .GOOD LUCK BROTHER

  5. admin
    June 9, 2017 at 1:05 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you!

  6. admin
    June 9, 2017 at 1:06 am (2 years ago)

    Absolutely! The case against Jamie is ridiculous!

  7. admin
    June 9, 2017 at 1:06 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you!

  8. admin
    June 9, 2017 at 1:07 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much!

  9. teresa valentine
    September 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Ya know I know Jamie an his family, an I find it rather ridiculous that the judge does not want to test the DNA…..Now 17yrs later after not being able to see his wife an children they are still denying the fact that would set him free……Sounds to me like the judge has a hard on for him, because in any other case that is what they do first DNA to see if it matches….This is so wrong—FREE Jamie Snow

  10. admin
    September 9, 2017 at 3:46 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you! The state’s attorney has the power to test the physical evidence – even if the judge wouldn’t. It’s all hard to believe considering the case Jason Chambers has before him.

  11. teresa valentine
    September 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Your welcome,then I would say the states attorney should get on it, an set this man free-so he can at least have some time with his children/grand children an wife… Should not take 17yrs of someones life unless u have all the FACTS…Just sayin

  12. Kellie
    June 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm (6 months ago)

    Free this man!!

  13. Kellie
    June 11, 2018 at 9:06 pm (6 months ago)

    Thank God for the innocence project

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