|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issues: (1) Whether Alabama's advisory-jury death-sentencing scheme, which is in all relevant aspects the same as the Florida scheme reviewed in Hurst v. Florida, violates the Sixth Amendment; (2) whether Hurst and the Sixth and Eighth Amendments require, at least, a unanimous jury recommendation for a sentence of death, as the Florida Supreme Court held on remand in Hurst; and (3) whether the Supreme Court's decision in Hurst applies retroactively to the petitioner's case, and the cases of other condemned inmates sentenced under unconstitutional capital sentencing laws, when the new rule announced in Hurst implicates the fundamental right to a fair trial and substantially enhances fact-finding procedures.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Nov 3 2016||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due December 5, 2016)|
|Nov 3 2016||Application (16A450) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Thomas.|
|Nov 3 2016||Brief of respondent Alabama in opposition filed.|
|Nov 3 2016||Response to application from respondent Alabama filed.|
|Nov 3 2016||Reply of petitioner Thomas Douglas Arthur filed.|
|Nov 7 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 22, 2016.|
|Nov 8 2016||Rescheduled.|
|Nov 15 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 2, 2016.|
|Nov 23 2016||Rescheduled.|
|Dec 5 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 9, 2016.|
|Dec 27 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 6, 2017.|
|Jan 9 2017||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 13, 2017.|
|Jan 17 2017||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 19, 2017.|
|Jan 23 2017||Petition DENIED.|
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