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Hittson v. Chatman

Petition for certiorari denied on June 15, 2015
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-8589 11th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2014

Issue: Whether the Eleventh Circuit has correctly determined that this Court’s decision in Harrington v. Richter overruled sub silentio the holding of Ylst v. Nunnemaker that “where there has been one reasoned state judgment rejecting a federal claim, later unexplained orders upholding that judgment or rejecting the same claim rest upon the same ground;” (2) whether, once a finding that the state court’s factual findings and/or legal analysis are unreasonable and/or contrary to clearly established Supreme Court precedent, a federal district court may nevertheless defer to the state court’s unreasonable findings and conclusions despite having determined that, applying de novo review, a court could find that an error of constitutional magnitude had been committed; and (3) whether the Eleventh Circuit misapplied the harmless error analysis of Brecht v. Abrahamson by failing to consider the manner in which the prosecutor introduced and relied on evidence taken in violation of Mr. Hittson’s Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Nov 21 2014Application (14A549) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from December 24, 2014 to February 22, 2015, submitted to Justice Thomas.
Dec 3 2014Application (14A549) granted by Justice Thomas extending the time to file until February 22, 2015.
Feb 23 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due March 27, 2015)
Mar 27 2015Brief of respondent Bruce Chatman, Warden in opposition filed.
Apr 16 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 1, 2015.
Apr 22 2015Record Requested .
Apr 22 2015Reply of petitioner Travis Clinton Hittson filed.
Apr 23 2015Record received from the U.S.D.C. for the Middle District of Georgia. The record is electronic and available on PACER.
Apr 28 2015Record received from the U.S.C.A. for the 11th Circuit (1 envelope).
Apr 29 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 14, 2015.
May 13 2015Rescheduled.
May 18 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 21, 2015.
May 26 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 28, 2015.
Jun 1 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 4, 2015.
Jun 8 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 11, 2015.
Jun 15 2015Petition DENIED. Justice Ginsburg, with whom Justice Kagan joins, concurring in the denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)
Jul 10 2015Petition for Rehearing filed.
Aug 10 2015Rehearing DENIED.
Jun 23 2016Record from U.S.C.A. 11th Circuit has been returned.