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COREY LERON THOMPSON,
Petitioner-Appellant,
v.
GREGORY SKIPPER, Warden,
Respondent-Appellee.
   No. 19-1779
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit.
No. 2:16-cv-14353—Denise Page Hood, Chief District Judge.
Argued: October 22, 2020
Decided and Filed: November 25, 2020
Before: COOK, BUSH, and NALBANDIAN, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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COOK, Circuit Judge. Corey Leron Thompson appeals the district court’s denial of his habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, claiming that his Michigan jury lacked sufficient evidence to find that he constructively possessed a gun. Because Thompson fails to surmount the two levels of deference that steer our review, we AFFIRM.



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JASPER POLLINI,
Petitioner-Appellant,
v.
AMY ROBEY, Warden,
Respondent-Appellee.
   No. 19-5131
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville.
No. 3:14-cv-00689—David J. Hale, District Judge.
Argued: August 5, 2020
Decided and Filed: November 25, 2020
Before: GILMAN, BUSH, and READLER, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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CHAD A. READLER, Circuit Judge. Jasper Pollini committed a burglary, fled the scene, and, upon returning to retrieve his burglary tools, shot and killed a man. Following his conviction in Kentucky state court, Pollini asserted numerous grounds for relief in a federal habeas petition. The district court, however, rejected each of them.

We granted Pollini a certificate of appealability with respect to two claims relating to the alleged ineffective assistance of his appellate counsel in state court. On the first claim, we agree with the district court that the claim fails the prejudice prong of Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984). But for the other, we disagree that Pollini procedurally defaulted the claim. Accordingly, we affirm in part, vacate in part, and remand the case to the district court for further proceedings.



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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
JODI LYNN BUDZYNSKI,
Defendant-Appellant.
   No. 20-1264
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids.
No. 1:19-cr-00102-1—Paul Lewis Maloney, District Judge.
Decided and Filed: November 25, 2020
Before: ROGERS, NALBANDIAN, and MURPHY, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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ROGERS, Circuit Judge. Defendant Jodi Budzynski pleaded guilty to five counts related to fraudulently obtaining Social Security benefits. She was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution and a special assessment. Months after she was sentenced, the probation office discovered Budzynski withdrawing money at a casino and requested that her probation conditions be modified. The district court agreed and imposed new conditions prohibiting Budzynski from gambling and requiring her to submit to searches when there is a reasonable suspicion that she violated a condition of her probation. Budzynski appeals these two newly imposed conditions. Because the provisions were directed at securing Budzynski’s restitution payments and were not overly broad, the district court did not abuse its discretion in modifying Budzynski’s probation conditions.