Argued and Submitted March 7, 2013—Pasadena, California
Amended July 16, 2013
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California J. Spencer Letts, Senior District Judge, Presiding D.C. Nos. 2:06-cv-04687, 2:06-cv-06606-JSL-RZ
Jan B. Norman (argued), Los Angeles, California, for Petitioner-Appellant Mario Aleman.
Fay Arfa (argued), Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation, Los Angeles, California, for Petitioner-Appellant Raymond Maldonado.
Michael R. Johnsen (argued), Deputy Attorney General; Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California; Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General; Lance E. Winters, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Los Angeles, California, for Respondents-Appellees.
Before: Kim McLane Wardlaw and Ronald M. Gould, Circuit Judges, and Mark L. Wolf, Senior District Judge.[*]
Affirming the district court's denial of a 28 U.S.C. § 2254 habeas corpus petition raising a challenge under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986), the panel held that a state court does not violate a defendant's constitutional rights by denying a Batson motion based on a prosecutor's credible explanation that he or she made an honest mistake in exercising a peremptory challenge to dismiss the wrong juror.
The opinion filed on June 14, 2013 and published at __ F.3d __, 2013 WL 2665530, is AMENDED as follows.
In the final paragraph on page six of the slip opinion, "United States District Court for the Eastern District of California" is deleted and replaced with "United States District Court for the Central District of California."
In the first full paragraph on page seven of the slip opinion, "Eastern District of California" is deleted and replaced with "Central ...