Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Lawlor v. Virginia

Petition for certiorari denied on October 15, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-167 Vir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: Whether, as a matter of either due process or the Eighth Amendment right to present evidence in mitigation, the defendant in a capital case is entitled to oppose a death sentence by introducing evidence that he will pose a low risk of violence in the prison setting.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Apr 12 2013Application (12A991) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from June 6, 2013 to August 5, 2013, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Apr 16 2013Application (12A991) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until August 5, 2013.
Aug 5 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 5, 2013)
Sep 5 2013Brief of respondent Virginia in opposition filed.
Sep 24 2013Reply of petitioner Mark Eric Lawlor filed.
Sep 25 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 11, 2013.
Oct 15 2013Petition DENIED.
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