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Bostic v. Dunbar

Petition for certiorari denied on April 23, 2018
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-912 Mo. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issue: Whether, when the Supreme Court held in Graham v. Florida that “[t]he Constitution prohibits the imposition of a life without parole sentence on a juvenile offender who did not commit homicide,” states can bypass that rule by sentencing a juvenile offender who did not commit homicide to a term-of-years sentence under which he will die in prison, because he will not be eligible for parole until he is 112 years old.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Nov 08 2017Application (17A523) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from November 20, 2017 to December 20, 2017, submitted to Justice Gorsuch.
Nov 13 2017Application (17A523) granted by Justice Gorsuch extending the time to file until December 20, 2017.
Dec 20 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due January 25, 2018)
Jan 02 2018Waiver of right of respondent Ronda Pash to respond filed.
Jan 09 2018Brief amici curiae of Juvenile Law Center, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 10 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/16/2018.
Jan 10 2018Brief amicus curiae of Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center filed. (Distributed)
Jan 11 2018Brief amicus curiae of The Fair Punishment Project filed. (Distributed)
Jan 17 2018Brief amicus curiae of The Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth filed. (Distributed)
Jan 25 2018Brief amici curiae of Former Judges, Prosecutors, And Law Enforcement Officers filed. (Distributed)
Feb 13 2018Response Requested. (Due March 15, 2018)
Mar 15 2018Letter of March 15, 2018, from counsel for the respondent received.
Mar 15 2018Brief amici curiae of Former Judges, et al. filed.
Mar 15 2018Brief of respondent Billy Dunbar, Acting Warden in opposition filed.
Mar 30 2018Reply of petitioner Bobby Bostic filed.
Apr 04 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/20/2018.
Apr 23 2018Petition DENIED.
Apr 03 2018Reply of Bobby Bostic not accepted for filing. (April 04, 2018)
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