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June 25, 2018

Looks like not much for criminal justice fans as SCOTUS winds down its 2017 Term

The US Supreme Court last week, on Monday and Friday, handed down the last five criminal cases that I had been watching for this SCOTUS Term.  With six other cases still to resolve, the Term is now about to wrap up on a "civil" note, and that "civil" theme persists though today's order list granting certiorari on seven new cases.  All seven of the new cases added to the SCOTUS docket for next year are civil cases.  Bummer.

Criminal justice fans looking for something from SCOTUS can perhaps get excited by ten GVRs: five based on Rosales-Mireles v. United States, four based on Sessions v. Dimaya, and one based on McCoy v. Louisiana.  Also, the end of the order list includes a short statement respecting the denial of certiorari by Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ginsburg, lamenting how the Eleventh Circuit handed a capital habeas petition.

UPDATE Readers might be particularly interested in one high-profile case on the list of certiorari denials.  This AP piece provides the story under the headline "Supreme Court declines to hear case of 'Making a Murderer' subject Brendan Dassey."

June 25, 2018 at 09:50 AM | Permalink


I was disappointed to see Clark GVRd based on McCoy. It looked like a good vehicle for resolving the conflict between Ring-Hurst vs. the Kansas cases on the difference between death eligibility and death selection in terms of the requirement for jury findings beyond a reasonable doubt.

Posted by: tmm | Jun 26, 2018 4:49:43 PM

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