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Knight v. Pennsylvania

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-7805 Pa. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issue: Whether a state may require a defendant to present an IQ score of 75 or below that was “documented prior to age 18” to have his intellectual disability claim considered as a basis to disqualify him from the death penalty, when this requirement is contrary to clinical standards for diagnosis and contrary to multiple decisions where the Supreme Court has granted relief to petitioners who lacked any such documentation.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Apr 16 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due May 20, 2021)
Jun 08 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from May 20, 2021 to July 19, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Jun 09 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including July 19, 2021.
Jul 13 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from July 19, 2021 to September 17, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Jul 14 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including September 17, 2021.
Sep 17 2021Brief of respondent Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in opposition filed.
Sep 28 2021Reply of petitioner Melvin Knight filed. (Distributed)
Sep 30 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/15/2021.
Oct 04 2021Record Requested.
Oct 12 2021Record received from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District (1 box).
Oct 14 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/29/2021.
Nov 01 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/5/2021.
Nov 08 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/12/2021.
Nov 15 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/19/2021.
Nov 29 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/3/2021.