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Lacaze v. Louisiana

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term

Issues: (1) Whether, under McDonough Power Equipment, Inc. v. Greenwood, “a valid basis for a challenge for cause” requires a showing that a correct response would have subjected the juror to mandatory or per se disqualification, or whether it requires a showing that a hypothetical reasonable judge would have granted a motion to dismiss the juror for cause; (2) whether the McDonough test applies only in cases of deliberate dishonesty by the juror or whether it applies also in cases of misleading omissions; and (3) whether a trial judge's involvement as a witness in a police investigation before and during trial, and his failure to even disclose it, creates an “unconstitutional potential for bias” under Williams v. Pennsylvania.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Mar 16 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 17, 2017)
Apr 04 2017Waiver of right of respondent Louisiana to respond filed.
Apr 14 2017Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by The Ethics Bureau at Yale.
Apr 17 2017Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, et al.
Apr 17 2017Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by National Jury Project.
Apr 19 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 11, 2017.
Apr 24 2017Response Requested.(Due May 24, 2017)
May 24 2017Brief of respondent Louisiana in opposition filed.
May 30 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 15, 2017.
May 30 2017Reply of petitioner Rogers Lacaze filed. (Distributed)
Jun 08 2017Record Requested.
Jun 28 2017Record received from the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The record is electronic.
Jul 05 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 25, 2017.
Term Snapshot