Issue: Whether the court of appeals exceeded its
authority to grant a writ of habeas corpus
when it completely disregarded and ignored
this Court’s well-established precedent of
Woodford v. Visciotti and its progeny, by finding a state
court’s application of Beck v. Alabama contrary to United
States Supreme Court precedent, although
the state court expressly recognized, cited
and applied the appropriate federal standard
of review but its analysis was not a model of
clarity; and (2) whether the decision of the court of appeals
finding error under Beck based solely on
speculative and non-existent evidence is
so clearly erroneous, and in conflict with
other lower federal courts, that this Court should, if not grant plenary review, at least
grant certiorari, vacate the court of appeals’
decision, and remand with instructions
to deny habeas corpus relief.
3/30Brumfield v. Cain Whether a defendant in a capital case has a right to an independent court hearing on Whether he suffers from mental incapacity and therefore is not eligible for the death penalty.
3/31Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Whether the Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se”.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
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Sigma Delta Chi
Awarded the Sigma Delta Chi deadline reporting award for online coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
National Press Club Award
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Silver Gavel Award
Awarded the Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for fostering the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
American Gavel Award
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