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Late Habeas Corpus Petition Granted

Chauncey Dillon is currently in prison serving 30 years to life. He was convicted of the fatal shooting of Erick Mangrum. He also was convicted of wounding Mr. Mangrum’s friend, rapper Freaky Zeeky. The shooting took place at the time of a traffic accident and attempted robbery in Manhattan in 2002.

Dillon claims the trial was unfair. He brought a proceeding in the Southern District of New York, a Federal Court. The matter was heard before Magistrate Judge Douglas Eaton. A Habeas Corpus proceeding by Mr. Dillon’s attorney, Roger M. Langone, was filed. Unfortunately, it was filed one day after the one year statute of limitations had expired. The petition was therefore dismissed.

The Late Habeas Corpus Petition Was Appealed

The attorney for Dillon brought an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Attorney Langone advised the court he made a mistake. He had made an error and put an incorrect date in his calendar relating to the last date to file the Habeas Corpus proceeding. The Appeals Court extended the time to file the Habeas Corpus proceeding because counsel for Mr. Dillon had made a showing of extraordinary circumstances.

The incident involved a minor traffic accident that took place in April of 2003. Dillon and two friends tried to steal a medallion from the neck of rapper Freaky Zeeky. Freaky Zeeky was a member of the “diplomat rap group”. This resulted in a fight and a shooting.

Dillon’s appeal claimed that inadmissible hearsay evidence was admitted by the court at the time of the trial. The Appeals Court ordered a review of the conviction in light of the allegations of unfairness that were brought by counsel for Mr. Dillon.

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