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November 6, 2022

Recapping last week's SCOTUS arguments in two complicated review procedure cases

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court hear arguments in two complicated criminal cases: Jones v. Hendrix, which I previewed here last week, and Cruz v. Arizona, a capital case.  These cases have not garnered that much general attention, surely because they both involve complicated procedural issue.  Still, the folks at SCOTUSblog have detailed reviews of the arguments, and I have also seen a few other discussions of the arguments:


From SCOTUSblog, "In habeas case, the liberal justices try to untangle a complex statute"

From Law & Crime, "Justice Alito Concerned that Freeing Legally Innocent Man from Prison Would Clog Up the Federal Courts"



From SCOTUSblog, "Arizona asks court to approve “Kafkaesque” treatment of due-process claim from man on death row"

From Cronkite News, "Supreme Court presses state on its rejection of Arizona death-row appeal"

From the Arizona Republic, "U.S. Supreme Court hears oral argument of Arizona man on death row"

November 6, 2022 at 04:07 PM | Permalink


My attempt to simplify:

Jones: Can a federal inmate innocent of any crime or ineligible for the sentence being served bring a post-conviction challenge to that sentence? See Friendly, J., Is Innocence Irrelevant?

Cruz: Can a state court make up new procedural rules to evade enforcing a federal law (that it doesn't like)?

Posted by: John | Nov 7, 2022 9:36:53 PM

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