Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect additional orders from the December 2 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday.
On Monday the court hears oral arguments in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections and McCrory v. Harris. Amy Howe has our preview.

Davis v. Humphrey

Petition for certiorari denied on March 28, 2011

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10-950 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2010

Issue: 1) Whether Sawyer v. Whitley (1992), supplies the appropriate burden of proof for a claim that the execution of an innocent person violates the Eighth Amendment; 2) whether, in the context of an actual innocence proceeding, the district court gave proper consideration to evidence that the alternative suspect confessed in accordance with House v. Bell (2006), and Schlup v. Delo (1995); 3) whether, through witness testimony, the petitioner established his innocence to the requisite degree to render his execution unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment; and 4) whether the court of appeals has jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1291 and 2253 to review the district court's final order in the first instance?

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