Table 1.

Cases Decided for Petitioner

Case NameCourt and YearBrief Summary
Doe v. Ayers175th Circuit, 2015In Doe, trial counsel failed to follow up on the investigator's leads (did not listen to tapes of interviews or read the transcripts), did not ask for Mr. Doe's prison records, only interviewed him once, and only hired a psychologist to evaluate guilt phase defenses (and not at the penalty phase). If the lawyer had investigated, he would have turned up a history of brutal prison rape and subsequent PTSD.
Andrews v. Davis189th Circuit, 2019Mr. Andrews was sentenced to death after being convicted of three murders. No mitigating evidence was presented during the penalty phase of his trial. Information about Mr. Andrews not presented at trial included pervasive emotional, physical, and sexual trauma from birth. The 9th Circuit stated this case was similar to Porter where there was too much mitigating evidence that was not presented to now be ignored.
Andrus v. Texas19U.S. Supreme Court, 2020The U.S. Supreme Court noted counsel did not look into or present the myriad tragic circumstances that marked Mr. Andrus’ life, including not meeting with family members other than his mother and father. The Court noted counsel performed virtually no investigation, and the untapped body of mitigating evidence revealed at the habeas hearing was too vast.