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Dunn v. Reeves

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-1084 11th Cir. Not Argued Jul 2, 2021 6-3 Per Curiam OT 2020

Holding: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit erred in characterizing the Alabama court’s case-specific analysis as a “categorical rule” that any prisoner will always lose an ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel claim if he fails to call and question trial counsel concerning his or her actions and reasoning; the Alabama court did not violate clearly established federal law when it rejected Reeves’ ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel claim.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded in a per curiam opinion on July 2, 2021. Justice Breyer dissented. Justices Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Kagan joined.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 05 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 11, 2021)
Feb 17 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 11, 2021 to April 12, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Feb 18 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including April 12, 2021.
Mar 11 2021Brief amici curiae of State of Arizona, et al. filed.
Apr 12 2021Brief of respondent Matthew Reeves in opposition filed.
Apr 27 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/13/2021.
Apr 27 2021Reply of petitioner Commissioner, Alabama Dept. of Corrections filed. (Distributed)
Apr 30 2021Record Requested.
May 03 2021Record received from the U.S.C.A. 11th Circuit. The record is electronic.
May 04 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/20/2021.
May 24 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/27/2021.
Jun 01 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/3/2021.
Jun 07 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/10/2021.
Jun 14 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/17/2021.
Jun 21 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/24/2021.
Jul 01 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 7/1/2021.
Jul 02 2021Petition GRANTED. Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED for proceedings consistent with the opinion of the Court. Justice Breyer dissents. Opinion per curiam. (Detached Opinion) Justice Sotomayor, with whom Justice Kagan joins, dissenting. (Detached Opinion)