Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Johnson v. Williams

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-465 9th Cir. Oct 3, 2012
Tr.Aud.
Feb 20, 2013 9-0 Alito OT 2012

Holding: For purposes of 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d), when a state court rules against a defendant in an opinion that rejects some of the defendant’s claims but does not expressly address a federal claim, a federal habeas court must presume, subject to rebuttal, that the federal claim was adjudicated on the merits.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Alito on February 20, 2013. Justice Scalia filled an opinion concurring in the judgment.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Oct 10 2011Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 14, 2011)
Oct 10 2011Appendix of Javier Cavazos, Acting Warden filed.
Nov 1 2011Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 14, 2011.
Dec 9 2011Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including December 21, 2011.
Dec 21 2011Brief of respondent Tara Sheneva Williams in opposition filed. (Distributed)
Dec 21 2011Motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed by respondent Tara Sheneva Williams. (Distributed)
Dec 28 2011DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 13, 2012.
Jan 4 2012Reply of petitioner Javier Cavazos, Acting Warden filed. (Distributed)
Jan 13 2012Motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed by respondent GRANTED.
Jan 13 2012Petition GRANTED limited to Question 1 presented by the petition.
Feb 10 2012The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including March 28, 2012.
Feb 17 2012The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including May 29, 2012.
Mar 28 2012Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Mar 28 2012Brief of petitioner Deborah K. Johnson, Acting Warden filed.
Apr 4 2012Brief amici curiae of Illinois, et al. filed.
May 29 2012Brief of respondent Tara Sheneva Williams filed.
Jun 5 2012Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.
Jun 28 2012Reply of petitioner Deborah K. Johnson, Acting Warden filed.
Jul 23 2012SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Jul 24 2012CIRCULATED.
Jul 27 2012Record from U.S.D.C. for Central District of California received from Chamber of Judge Reinhardt of the U.S.C.A. for 9th Circuit.
Aug 7 2012Record received fro U.S.C.A. for 9th Circuit. (1 envelope)
Oct 3 2012Argued. For petitioner: Stephanie Brenan, Deputy Attorney General, Los Angeles, Cal. For respondent: Kurt D. Hermansen, San Diego, Cal.
Feb 20 2013Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Scalia, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.
Mar 13 2013Petition for Rehearing filed.
Mar 20 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 12, 2013.
Apr 15 2013Rehearing DENIED.
Apr 15 2013JUDGMENT ISSUED.
Jun 3 2013Record returned to U.S. District Court for Central District of California.
 
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