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OPINION ANALYSIS

Conservative majority hollows out precedent on ineffective-counsel claims in federal court

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The 6-3 opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas will make it more difficult for state prisoners to argue in federal postconviction proceedings that their trial lawyers were constitutionally deficient.

tall black fence and a gate bearing an "area closed" sign stand in front of the supreme court building

The Supreme Court on Monday, May 23. (Katie Barlow)

 

OPINION ANALYSIS

Courts may not “make up” new procedural rules to favor arbitration

The justices sided with a fast-food worker who wants to litigate her wage-theft allegations in federal court rather than an arbitration proceeding.

SCOTUS NEWS

Justices grant no new cases; Breyer reiterates doubts about constitutionality of capital punishment

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No other justices signed on to Justice Stephen Breyer’s statement regarding the court’s denial of review in a death penalty case. 

PETITIONS OF THE WEEK

Non-unanimous acquittals and attorney-client privilege

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A weekly look at new and notable petitions seeking Supreme Court review. This week: juries in Puerto Rico and discovery of dual-purpose documents.

OPINION ANALYSIS

Justices split over question of federal court review in immigration cases

 at 12:24 p.m.

Under the ruling in Patel v. Garland, noncitizens seeking certain forms of discretionary relief may be left with no judicial review.