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March 21, 2011

Some interesting criminal justice action from the SCOTUS order list

As detailed in this SCOTUSblog post, the Supreme Court came back to work today with an order list heavy on criminal justice activity.  Here are some of the particulars via SCOTUSblog:

This morning, the Court issued orders from the Justices’ March 18 Conference, granting certiorari in two cases, inviting the views of the United States in one case, releasing a summary decision in one case, and providing a written statement respecting the denial of certiorari in one case.... Today’s full order list [includes grants in ...]

Maples v. Thomas...: "Whether the Eleventh Circuit properly held that there was no “cause” to excuse any procedural default where petitioner was blameless for the default, the state's own conduct contributed to the default, and petitioner's attorneys of record were no longer functioning as his agents at the time of any default."...

Rehberg v. Paulk...: Whether a government official who acts as a “complaining witness” by presenting perjured testimony against an innocent citizen is entitled to absolute immunity from a Section 1983 claim for civil damages....

[Also, the ] Court issued a summary per curiam decision in Felkner v. Jackson (found here) , which reverses the decision of the Ninth Circuit in a case involving the alleged use by prosecutors of peremptory challenges to exclude blacks from the jury based upon their race.

UPDATE:  Major papers now have some major stories on these SCOTUS developments:

  • From the New York Times here, "Court to Hear Case Stalled by Mistake in Mailroom"
  • From the Los Angeles Times here, "Supreme Court restores California rape conviction, rebukes appeals court; The justices rebuke the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for overturning Steven Jackson's conviction; Hinting at irritation, the high court calls the earlier opinion 'inexplicable'".

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