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.

Perez v. Stephens

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-1406 5th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issue: Whether attorney abandonment, which Maples v. Thomas held is an “extraordinary circumstance” equitably excusing a resulting failure to appeal a denial of state habeas relief, is likewise an “extraordinary circumstance” warranting reentry of a judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) where the abandonment caused the failure to appeal a denial of federal habeas relief.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
May 23 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 26, 2014)
Jun 19 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 28, 2014.
Jun 26 2014Brief amicus curiae of The Constitution Project filed.
Jun 26 2014Brief amici curiae of Texas Appleseed, et al. filed.
Jul 23 2014Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including September 11, 2014.
Sep 11 2014Brief of respondent William Stephens, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division in opposition filed.
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