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April 4, 2005

Still more Booker GVRs and an AEDPA decision

Today's work by the Supreme Court includes another nearly 20 Booker-inspired GVRs (detailed in the order list at this link), as well as a decision in Johnson v. United States concerning the operation of the 1-year limitations period under the AEDPA federal habeas statute. 

Details about the nearly 600 prior SCOTUS GVRs on Booker grounds can be found here and here.  Because AEDPA makes my head hurt, I'll need some time to figure out if Johnson might have broader significance, though I noticed that the 5-4 decision in Johnson created unusual coalitions of Justices: Justice Souter writes the majority (available here) and is joined by Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices O'Connor, Thomas and Breyer; Justice Kennedy writes the dissent (available here) and is joined by Justices Stevens, Scalia and Ginsburg.  I wonder if these Justices have ever voted in these blocks before.

April 4, 2005 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

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