Holding: When the state has put a capital defendant’s future dangerousness at issue and acknowledged that the only possible sentence besides death is life imprisonment without parole, the defendant has a right to inform the jury of that fact, and the Arizona Supreme Court erred in holding to the contrary.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded in a per curiam opinion on May 31, 2016. Justice Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Alito joined.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders|
|Feb 25 2016||Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due March 30, 2016)|
|Mar 29 2016||Brief of respondent Arizona in opposition filed.|
|Apr 7 2016||Reply of petitioner Shawn Patrick Lynch filed.|
|Apr 14 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 29, 2016.|
|May 9 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 12, 2016.|
|May 16 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 19, 2016.|
|May 23 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 26, 2016.|
|May 31 2016||Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED. Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Opinion per curiam. (Detached Opinion). Justice Thomas, with whom Justice Alito joins, dissenting. (Detached Opinion)|
|Jul 5 2016||JUDGMENT ISSUED|
|Jul 5 2016||MANDATE ISSUED|