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Calvert v. Texas

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-701 Tex. Crim. App. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the Constitution prevents a state from allowing a defendant to represent himself in a capital case when the defendant is mentally competent to waive counsel but is not mentally competent to conduct trial proceedings in his capital trial; (2) whether the Eighth Amendment prohibits the state of Texas from sentencing petitioner James Calvert to death on a finding of future dangerousness based in substantial part on graphic testimony and evidence about an attack on a prison official committed by another inmate in another prison at another time, having no connection to Calvert; and (3) whether the constitutional violation resulting from the trial court’s direction to administer a 50,000- volt electric shock to Calvert during his trial to “enforce decorum” because Calvert failed to stand when responding to a question from the court constitutes structural error.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Nov 16 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due December 21, 2020)
Dec 10 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from December 21, 2020 to January 20, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Dec 11 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including January 20, 2021.
Jan 12 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from January 20, 2021 to February 19, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Jan 13 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including February 19, 2021.