Purcell v. Arizona

Docket No.
Op. Below
Argument
Not Argued
Opinion
Vote
TBD
Author
Per Curiam
Term

Issue: (1) Whether a sentencing judge's exercise of discretion not to impose a death sentence is the functional equivalent of the findings required under Montgomery v. Louisiana to impose a sentence of life without parole on a juvenile offender; and (2) if not, whether the court should vacate the decision of the Arizona Court of Appeals and remand for further consideration in light of Montgomery.

Judgment: Granted, vacated and remanded in a per curiam opinion on October 31, 2016. Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Thomas joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Apr 4 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due May 6, 2016)
Apr 13 2016Waiver of right of respondent Arizona to respond filed.
May 4 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 19, 2016.
May 16 2016Response Requested . (Due June 15, 2016)
May 27 2016Brief of respondent Arizona in opposition filed.
Jun 9 2016Reply of petitioner Bobby Charles Purcell filed.
Jun 16 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 26, 2016.
Oct 3 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 7, 2016.
Oct 11 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 14, 2016.
Oct 24 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 28, 2016.
Oct 31 2016Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED. Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED for further consideration in light of Montgomery v. Louisiana, 577 U.S. ____ (2016). Justice Sotomayor concurs in the decision to grant, vacate, and remand. See Tatum v. Arizona, 580 U.S. ___ (2016) (Sotomayor, J., concurring). Justice Alito, with whom Justice Thomas joins, dissents from the decision to grant, vacate, and remand. See Tatum v. Arizona, 580 U.S. ___ (2016) (Alito, J., dissenting)
Dec 2 2016MANDATE ISSUED.
Dec 2 2016JUDGMENT ISSUED.

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