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Davis v. Ayala

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-1428 9th Cir. Mar 3, 2015
Tr.Aud.
Jun 18, 2015 5-4 Alito OT 2014

Holding: Any federal constitutional error that may have occurred by excluding the attorney for a defendant in a capital murder trial from part of the Batson hearing was harmless.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 18, 2015. Justice Kennedy and Justice Thomas filed concurring opinions. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders
May 27 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 30, 2014)
Jun 18 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 30, 2014.
Jul 21 2014Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including August 13, 2014.
Aug 13 2014Brief of respondent Hector Ayala in opposition filed.
Aug 26 2014Reply of petitioner Kevin Chappell, Warden filed.
Aug 27 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 29, 2014.
Oct 6 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 10, 2014.
Oct 14 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 17, 2014.
Oct 20 2014Petition GRANTED In addition to the question presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following question: "Whether the court of appeals properly applied the standard articulated in Brecht v. Abrahamson, 507 U. S. 619 (1993).".
Oct 30 2014The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including December 11, 2014.
Oct 30 2014The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including January 20, 2015.
Dec 9 2014Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Dec 9 2014Brief of petitioner Kevin Chappell, Warden filed.
Dec 22 2014SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Dec 22 2014Record requested from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
Dec 22 2014Record from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit is electronic and located on PACER.
Jan 7 2015CIRCULATED.
Jan 9 2015Record received from U.S.D.C. Southern District of California, (12 Boxes, one box of the record is SEALED)
Jan 20 2015Brief of respondent Hector Ayala filed. (Distributed)
Feb 12 2015Letter from counsel for the petitioner regarding change in party name.
Feb 18 2015Reply of petitioner Ron Davis, Acting Warden filed. (Distributed)
Mar 3 2015Argued. For petitioner: Robin Urbanski, California Deputy Attorney General, San Diego, Cal. For respondent: Anthony J. Dain, San Diego, Cal.
Jun 18 2015Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas, JJ., joined. Kennedy, J., and Thomas, J., filed concurring opinions. Sotomayor, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan, JJ., joined.
 
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