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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.
Feb 19 2021Brief of respondent Texas in opposition filed.
Mar 09 2021Reply of petitioner James Calvert filed. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/26/2021.
Mar 19 2021Rescheduled.
Mar 29 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/1/2021.
Mar 29 2021Rescheduled.
Apr 12 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/16/2021.
Apr 12 2021Rescheduled.