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Travillion v. Superintendent Rockview SCI

3rd Circuit

December 15, 2020

The 3rd Circuit granted a writ of habeas corpus in Travillion v. Superintendent Rockview SCI after holding that the Commonwealth failed to present sufficient evidence that the petitioner was the perpetrator of a robbery. The evidence at trial proved that, during the robbery of a retail store, the culprit left behind a manila folder with a piece of paper inside. The petitioner’s fingerprints were found on the envelope and the paper inside. No other evidence tied the petitioner to the crime. The 3rd Circuit held that the state courts committed an unreasonable application of clearly established federal law, established in Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307 (1979), and ordered dismissal of charges with prejudice.

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