|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Mar 1, 2010
||Jun 14, 2010||7-2||Breyer||OT 2009|
Holding: A state prisoner who has exhausted her state court appeals has one year within which to petition a federal court for a writ of habeas corpus. The Court held that under certain extraordinary circumstances, a court may relax that deadline. Those circumstances may arise from an attorney's misconduct, even if the attorney did not act dishonestly or in bad faith.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on June 14, 2010. Justice Alito concurred in part and in the judgment, and Justice Scalia dissented, joined in part by Justice Thomas.