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Holland v. Florida

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-5327 11th Cir. 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.

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