Issue: Whether, contrary to Strickland v. Washington -- which stated that a reviewing court must presume that the jury followed the law in rendering its verdict -- a claim of Strickland prejudice can be predicated upon the possibility that the jury might not have followed the law in finding the defendant guilty of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
On Monday morning the Court issued orders from its October 17 Conference. It granted review in three new cases and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one more. The Court's next Conference is scheduled for October 31. The November sitting begins November 3.