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Name: Ainsworth v. Woodford
Case #: 99-99024
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 09/28/2001
Subsequent History: None

In this capital case, the Ninth Circuit agreed that trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance at the penalty phase by failing to investigate and present mitigating evidence. There was substantial mitigating evidence available in the form of defendant’s troubled childhood and his twenty-year addiction to drugs and alcohol. Counsel failed to obtain employment, medical, military and prison records, or past probation reports, all of which the writer of the probation report relied on.