In 1984, Darrell Siggers was convicted by a jury in the Recorder’s Court for the City of Detroit, Michigan of first-degree murder in the shooting death of James Montgomery. At sentencing, Siggers received a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. He was denied relief on direct appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals on October 14, 1987, and the Michigan Supreme Court denied him leave to appeal on June 29, 1988.
In 1989, Siggers filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in federal district court. The district court denied the petition on the merits and this court affirmed the district court’s order. In 1996, Siggers filed another petition for habeas corpus in the district court and requested authorization from this court to allow the district court to consider the petition. This court denied the request for authorization to file a second or successive habeas petition, see In re Siggers, 132 F.3d 333 (6th Cir. 1997), and the Supreme Court denied Siggers’s petition for certiorari. In 1998, Siggers made an additional federal filing, which this court treated as a § 2244(b) application and denied in 1999. See In re Siggers, No. 98-0192 (6th Cir. March 16, 1999) (unpublished order).
On March 14, 2004, Siggers filed a post-appeal motion in the Wayne County Circuit Court alleging that newly discovered evidence established his innocence and revealed violations of his constitutional rights. The original trial judge held an evidentiary hearing and denied the motion. The Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court denied Siggers leave to appeal.
Judge(s): Boggs, Moore and Gibson
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Petitioner Lawyer(s)||Petitioner Law Firm(s)|
|Respondent Lawyer(s)||Respondent Law Firm(s)|
|Debra Gagliardi||Michigan Attorney General's Office|
|B. Eric Restuccia||Michigan Attorney General's Office|
|Janet Van Cleve||Michigan Attorney General's Office|