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Barr v. Purkey

Application for stay or vacatur granted on July 16, 2020

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20A10 D.D.C. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C. (or its predecessor firm) has in the past served as counsel to Wesley Purkey, but neither the firm nor the author of this post was involved in this litigation.

Issue: Whether, because the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a stay of execution without finding that the death row inmate has a significant possibility of success on the merits, the Supreme Court should summarily vacate the lower court's stay of execution.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 15 2020Application (20A10) for a stay or vacatur, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Jul 15 2020Response to application from respondents Wesley Ira Purkey, et al. filed.
Jul 15 2020Reply of applicants William P. Barr, et al. filed.
Jul 16 2020Application (20A10) referred to the Court.
Jul 16 2020Application (20A10) granted by the Court. The application for stay or vacatur presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is granted. The District Court’s July 15, 2020 order granting a preliminary injunction is vacated.