Jun. 27, 2022 – People v. Poore (Supreme Ct., S104665)

In this automatic appeal in a death penalty case, the Supreme Court affirms the judgment and rejects claims concerning physical restraints, lack of a penalty phase defense, and jury selection, though the court criticizes the “minimal” questioning of a prospective juror. Justice Liu’s concurrence suggests that failure to mount a penalty phase defense may constitute ineffective assistance of counsel even where the defendant does not wish to present mitigating evidence.