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.

Harbison v. Bell

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-8521 6th Cir. Jan 12, 2009
Tr.
Apr 1, 2009 7-2 Stevens OT 2008

Issue: Whether the Terrorist Death Penalty Enhancement Act of 2005 provides prisoners sentenced under state law the right to federally appointed and funded counsel to pursue clemency under state law, and whether a district court’s denial of such a request may be appealed without a certificate of appealability.

Judgment: Reversed, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens on April 1, 2009.

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