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Maryland v. Kulbicki

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-848 Md. Not Argued Oct 5, 2015 n/a Per Curiam OT 2015

Holding: An appellate court violates the core principles of Strickland v. Washington when it conducts a post-hoc assessment of trial counsel’s performance based on scientific advances not available at the time of trial.

Judgment: Reversed in a per curiam opinion on October 5, 2015.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 16 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 17, 2015)
Feb 6 2015Waiver of right of respondent James Kulbicki to respond filed.
Feb 18 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of March 6, 2015.
Feb 19 2015Response Requested . (Due March 23, 2015)
Mar 10 2015Order extending time to file response to petition to and including April 22, 2015.
Apr 20 2015Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including May 6, 2015.
May 6 2015Brief of respondent James Kulbicki in opposition filed.
May 26 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 11, 2015.
Jun 15 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 18, 2015.
Jun 22 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 25, 2015.
Jun 25 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 29, 2015.
Sep 21 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 28, 2015.
Oct 5 2015Petition GRANTED. Judgment REVERSED. Opinion per curiam. (Detached Opinion)
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