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Notable Petition

A notable petition was recently filed involving a claim under Batson v. Kentucky of discriminatory juror strikes.  The petition is linked below, but no brief in opposition has been filed and it has not yet been distributed for a conference.

Title: Cate v. Ali
Docket: 09-894
Issue: On federal habeas review, did the Ninth Circuit fail to comply with the deferential standard of review required by 28 U.S.C. § 2254 when it disregarded the trial court’s factual finding that the prosecutor’s reasons for exercising peremptory challenges were genuine, in favor of its own de novo comparative juror analysis?