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Ballard v. Pennsylvania

Petition for certiorari denied on June 23, 2014
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-9364 Pa. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: Whether Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, 807(b) and 808, combined with the state's practice of refusing to individually identify mitigating circumstances on the jury verdict form, deprive capital defendants of their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 7 2014Application (13A826) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from February 19, 2014 to April 20, 2014, submitted to Justice Alito.
Feb 12 2014Application (13A826) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until March 21, 2014.
Mar 21 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due April 24, 2014)
May 7 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including June 6, 2014.
May 14 2014Brief of respondent Pennsylvania in opposition filed.
May 28 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 12, 2014.
Jun 9 2014Letter of June 2, 2014, from petitioner received. (Distributed)
Jun 16 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 19, 2014.
Jun 23 2014Petition DENIED. Marc Bookman, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is hereby directed to file within 40 days a response to the June 2, 2014, letter filed by Michael Ballard in this matter.
Jul 8 2014Letter of July 8, 2014, from Marc Bookman received.
Jul 14 2014Letter of July 14, 2014, from counsel for respondent received.
Jul 16 2014Letter of July 16, 2014, from Marc Bookman received.
Aug 11 2014The letters of June 2, July 8, July 14, and July 16, 2014, received in this case, are referred to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for any investigation or action it finds appropriate.