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Butts v. Sellers

Petition for certiorari denied on January 22, 2018
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-512 11th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issues: (1) Whether a court unreasonably applies Strickland v. Washington by measuring trial counsel's performance against the prevailing professional norms of a local judicial circuit where those local practices deviated from prevailing national or state norms; and (2) whether a federal habeas court's decision that it “cannot and will not second guess trial counsel's strategic decision” is consistent with Strickland.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jun 30 2017Application (17A31) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from July 31, 2017 to September 29, 2017, submitted to Justice Thomas.
Jul 05 2017Application (17A31) granted by Justice Thomas extending the time to file until September 29, 2017.
Sep 29 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 3, 2017)
Oct 17 2017Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 18, 2017.
Dec 18 2017Brief of respondent Eric Sellers, Warden in opposition filed.
Jan 03 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/19/2018.
Jan 10 2018Reply of petitioner Robert Earl Butts filed. (Distributed)
Jan 22 2018Petition DENIED.