Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Beard v. Kindler

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08-992 3d Cir. Nov 2, 2009
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Dec 8, 2009 8-0 Roberts OT 2009

Holding: A defendant convicted in state court cannot challenge his conviction in a federal habeas corpus petition if there is an independent and adequate basis in state law for rejecting his claims for example, if the defendant missed a deadline created by state law. The Supreme Court ruled that state law is not inadequatemerely because state court judges have discretion whether to apply or ignore it.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 8-0, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts on December 8, 2009. Justice Kennedy filed a concurring opinion, in which Justice Thomas joined. Justice Alito took no part in the case.

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