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Page v. Romanowski

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

July 13, 2015

IVAN LEE PAGE, Petitioner,
v.
KEN ROMANOWSKI, Respondent.

OPINION AND ORDER DENYING THE PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND DECLINING TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY AND LEAVE TO APPEAL IN FORMA PAUPERIS

LINDA V. PARKER, District Judge.

Ivan Lee Page ("Petitioner"), confined at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, Michigan, filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. In his application, petitioner challenges his conviction for first-degree premeditated murder, M.C.L.A. § 750.316. For the reasons stated below, the petition for writ of habeas corpus is DENIED WITH PREJUDICE.

I. Background

Petitioner was convicted following a jury trial in the Genessee County Circuit Court. This Court recites verbatim the relevant facts relied upon by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which are presumed correct on habeas review pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254(e)(1). See Wagner v. Smith, 581 F.3d 410, 413 (6th Cir. 2009):

Here, defendant was charged with the first-degree murder of Deena Brown. Brown was a known prostitute whose body was found in a school parking lot in Flint. Her shirt was pulled up to her neck and she was wearing no shoes and only one sock. The cause of death was ligature strangulation and the manner of death was homicide. Defendant's DNA was found on the sweatshirt that was tied around Brown's neck, causing her death.[2] The other acts evidence concerned the deaths of Peeler and Price. Price, a prostitute, was found under a tree in a residential neighborhood in Flint. Price was nude except for a sweatshirt and bra, which were pulled up around her neck. The cause of Price's death was manual strangulation and the manner of death was a homicide. Defendant's semen was found in Price's vagina and rectum. Finally, the body of Peeler, a prostitute, was found near the sidewalk in a residential neighborhood in Flint. Peeler was nude except that she had on one shoe. Defendant's semen was found in Peeler's vagina. One medical examiner opined that cocaine intoxication was the cause of death, while another opined that asphyxia by smothering was the cause of death.

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Regarding whether there was substantial evidence that defendant committed the murders of Peeler and Price, defendant's DNA was found on their bodies. There was evidence that both died of strangulation. Jerome Currie, defendant's jail cellmate, testified that defendant remarked to him that he (defendant) liked to "choke hos [sic]" and he "killed those ho's [sic], but they can't prove it; and the jury ain't gonna believe it because they ho's [sic] or prostitutes."

People v. Ivan Lee Page, No. 291790, 2010 WL 3893817, *1-2 (Mich.Ct.App. Oct. 5, 2010).

Petitioner's conviction was affirmed on appeal. Id., lv. den. 488 Mich. 1050, 794 N.W.2d 331 (2011).

Petitioner seeks a writ of habeas corpus on the following grounds:

I. The cumulative effect of the prosecutor's misconduct denied the defendant a fair trial.
II. Trial counsel's failure to obtain a DNA expert.
III. The trial court improperly admitted other acts evidence testimony in violation of M.R.E. 404(B).
IV. Trial counsel failed to object to the prosecutor's repeated instances of misconduct; thereby constituting ineffective assistance of counsel.

(ECF No. 1 at Pg. ID 7-10, 12, 15-16, 18.)

II. Standard of Review

28 U.S.C. § 2254(d), as amended by The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA), imposes the following standard of review for habeas cases:

An application for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court shall not be granted with respect to any claim that was adjudicated on the merits in State court proceedings unless the adjudication of the claim-
(1) resulted in a decision that was contrary to, or involved an unreasonable application of, clearly established Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States; or
(2) resulted in a decision that was based on an unreasonable determination of the facts in light of the evidence ...

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