Johnson v. Williams
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Oct 3, 2012
|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.
Plain English Summary:
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.
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