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Leonard v. Texas

Petition for certiorari denied on March 6, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-122 Tex. App. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issues: (1) Whether the hybrid nature of forfeiture proceedings supports the adoption of a clear and convincing standard of proof; (2) whether the Court of Appeals for the Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont's rejection of the petitioner's Eighth Amendment assertion violates due process; (3) whether the adjudicating and prosecuting tribunals' direct pecuniary interests in the outcome of forfeiture proceedings infringe on the neutrality requirement of due process and create a culture of inherent conflict of interest; and (4) whether the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Title 1, Chapter 59, as applied to this line of cases, is impermissibly vague in enumerating innocent-owner expectations.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 25 2016Application (15A901) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from March 10, 2016 to May 9, 2016, submitted to Justice Thomas.
Mar 3 2016Application (15A901) granted by Justice Thomas extending the time to file until May 9, 2016.
May 9 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 26, 2016)
Sep 7 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 26, 2016.
Sep 22 2016Response Requested . (Due October 24, 2016)
Oct 25 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including November 28, 2016.
Dec 1 2016Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including December 27, 2016.
Dec 27 2016Brief of respondent Texas in opposition filed.
Jan 11 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 17, 2017.
Feb 15 2017Rescheduled.
Feb 21 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 24, 2017.
Feb 24 2017Reply of petitioner Lisa Olivia Leonard filed. (Distributed)
Feb 27 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of March 3, 2017.
Mar 6 2017Petition DENIED Statement of Justice Thomas respecting the denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)