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October 6, 2008

No action in Davis, cert denied in Lett and Vonner, a few Gall GVRs

The Supreme Court has started its new Term by releasing this long order list, which includes a number of notable denials of cert.  Most disappointing to me is the appearance of my client, Patrick Lett, on the long list of cert denied (basics here).  Also on the list of cert denied are all the notable sentencing cases discussed here a few weeks ago, including the Vonner case from the Sixth Circuit dealing with reasonableness review.  There were a couple GVRs based on Gall in the order list, but the list otherwise suggests that the Justices are disinclined to do too much more in the sentencing arena anytime soon.

In addition, as SCOTUSblog details here, the Court "took no action on an appeal testing whether it is unconstitutional to execute a death-row inmate who has a significant claim of innocence.  The Court’s 82-page list of orders on pending cases contained no word on Troy Anthony Davis' appeal, Davis v. Georgia (08-66)."  I suspect there will be some action in this case before the month is out, although one can never predict the Court's pacing on these kinds of matters.

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The case I was really hoping to see granted on jury unanimity was also denied.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Oct 6, 2008 12:31:47 PM

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