Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit.
No. 2:11-cv-10261—Arthur J. Tarnow, District Judge.
Argued: April 29, 2020
Decided and Filed: June 15, 2020
Before: COLE, Chief Judge; SILER and CLAY, Circuit Judges.
COLE, Chief Judge. Keith Bernard Smith, a Michigan prisoner, appeals the denial of his
petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. He argues that he is entitled to relief
because: (1) the state court should have granted him a post-trial evidentiary hearing to determine
whether the jury improperly relied on certain prejudicial information in rendering its verdict;
(2) there was insufficient evidence to convict him; and (3) the state and district courts erred in
refusing to consider new evidence that supports his innocence. Because none of Smith’s claims
provides us a basis for exercising our limited authority to grant habeas relief to a state prisoner,
we affirm the denial of the petition.