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LaChance v. Massachusetts

Petition for certiorari denied on October 13, 2015
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-1153 Mass. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2015

Issue: Whether a defendant asserting ineffective assistance under Strickland v. Washington based upon counsel's failure to raise a structural error must – in addition to demonstrating deficient performance – show that he was prejudiced by counsel's ineffectiveness, or whether prejudice is presumed because the harm from structural errors is “necessarily unquantifiable and indeterminate,” Sullivan v. Louisiana.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 9 2015Application (14A746) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from January 19, 2015 to March 20, 2015, submitted to Justice Breyer.
Jan 9 2015Application (14A746) granted by Justice Breyer extending the time to file until March 20, 2015.
Jan 12 2015Letter dated January 9, 2015, for counsel for applicant received.
Mar 20 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 22, 2015)
Apr 1 2015Waiver of right of respondent Massachusetts to respond filed.
Apr 15 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 1, 2015.
Apr 27 2015Response Requested . (Due May 27, 2015)
May 20 2015Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 27, 2015.
Jul 27 2015Brief of respondent Massachusetts in opposition filed.
Aug 12 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 28, 2015.
Aug 12 2015Reply of petitioner Edmund D. LaChance, Jr. filed. (Distributed)
Oct 5 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 9, 2015.
Oct 13 2015Petition DENIED.