Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Michigan at Flint.
No. 4:15-cv-13679—Linda V. Parker, District Judge.
Argued: October 21, 2020
Decided and Filed: December 16, 2020
Before: BATCHELDER, GRIFFIN, and MURPHY, Circuit Judges.
Petitioner Darius Theriot appeals the district court’s judgment that denied his petition for
a writ of habeas corpus, which he filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. He brings two right-topresent-a-defense claims and one right-to-confrontation claim. Unlike the district court, we do
not reach the merits of his claims. Instead, we hold that Theriot procedurally defaulted his
claims and that he has not persuaded us that we should excuse his default. Accordingly, we
affirm the district court’s judgment.