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.
On Monday, the Justices met for the “Long Conference” – their first Conference since the end of June, at which they considered roughly two thousand petitions for review. On Thursday morning, the Court released grants from that Conference, adding thirteen new cases to their docket for the upcoming Term.
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