Madison v. Alabama

Docket No.
Op. Below

Issue: (1) Whether, consistent with the Eighth Amendment, and the Supreme Court’s decisions in Ford v. Wainwright and Panetti v. Quarterman, a state may execute a prisoner whose mental disability leaves him with no memory of his commission of the capital offense; and (2) whether evolving standards of decency and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment bar the execution of a prisoner whose competency has been compromised by vascular dementia and multiple strokes causing severe cognitive dysfunction and a degenerative medical condition that prevents him from remembering the crime for which he was convicted or understanding the circumstances of his scheduled execution.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Jan 18 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due February 20, 2018)
Jan 19 2018Brief of respondent State of Alabama in opposition filed.
Jan 22 2018Application (17A770) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Thomas.
Jan 22 2018Reply of petitioner Vernon Madison filed.
Jan 22 2018Response to application from respondent State of Alabama filed.
Jan 25 2018UPON CONSIDERATION of the application of counsel for the applicant, IT IS ORDERED that execution of the sentence of death is hereby stayed pending further order of Justice Thomas or of the Court.
Jan 25 2018Application (17A770) referred to the Court.
Jan 25 2018Application (17A770) granted by the Court. The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is granted pending the disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the issuance of the mandate of this Court. Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, and Justice Gorsuch would deny the application.
Feb 01 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/16/2018.
Feb 20 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/23/2018.
Feb 26 2018Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED.
Mar 15 2018Motion of Vernon Madison for an extension of time submitted.