Apr. 21, 2022 – People v. Bloom (Supreme Ct., S095223)

In an automatic appeal from a death sentence, the Supreme Court reverses two convictions for second-degree murder and the multiple-murder special-circumstance finding because trial counsel conceded defendant’s responsibility for the deaths in violation of McCoy v. Louisiana (2018) 138 S.Ct. 1500. The court rejects defendant’s claims based on the state’s delay in retrying defendant following federal habeas proceedings, the failure to suspend proceedings for a competency inquiry, evidentiary issues, the denial of defendant’s request for self-representation, and prosecutorial misconduct.