Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

The court will release orders from the March 16 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Sveen v. Melin. Amy Howe has our preview.

Donat v. Honeycutt

Petition for certiorari denied on April 7, 2014
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-912 9th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: (1) Whether the Ninth Circuit contravened 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d)(1) when it granted habeas relief even though there is no clearly established Supreme Court precedent which holds that in respondent’s case the state violated the Sixth Amendment; and (2) whether the Ninth Circuit improperly disregarded its obligation under Fry v. Pliler and Brecht v. Abrahamson to review the state court decision for harmless error when it applied a Ninth Circuit direct-review standard to determine that it would not reach the issue of harmless error because the state had waived it.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Dec 11 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 3, 2014)
Mar 3 2014Brief of respondent Todd M. Honeycutt in opposition filed.
Mar 3 2014Motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed by respondent Todd M. Honeycutt.
Mar 14 2014Reply of petitioners Bill Donat, Warden, et al. filed.
Mar 19 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 4, 2014.
Apr 7 2014Motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed by respondent GRANTED.
Apr 7 2014Petition DENIED.
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