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Reeves v. Alabama

Petition for certiorari denied on November 17, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-9282 Ala. Crim. App. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issue: Whether, when trial counsel does not testify about his or her own strategic decisions as part of a claim under Strickland v. Washington, a defendant may establish ineffective assistance of counsel using other evidence, as most circuit and state courts hold; or whether the presumption of sound strategy is categorically irrebuttable in the absence of trial counsel's testimony, as the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals held here.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 09 2017Application (16A886) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from April 20, 2017 to May 22, 2017, submitted to Justice Thomas.
Mar 13 2017Application (16A886) granted by Justice Thomas extending the time to file until May 22, 2017.
May 22 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due June 22, 2017)
Jun 21 2017Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 24, 2017.
Jul 24 2017Brief of respondent Alabama in opposition filed.
Aug 03 2017Reply of petitioner Matthew Reeves filed.
Aug 10 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/25/2017.
Aug 31 2017Record Requested.
Sep 08 2017Record received from the Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama. The record is electronic.
Sep 14 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/6/2017.
Sep 29 2017Rescheduled.
Oct 10 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/13/2017.
Oct 23 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/27/2017.
Oct 30 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/3/2017.
Nov 06 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/9/2017.
Nov 13 2017Petition DENIED. Justice Sotomayor, with whom Justice Ginsburg and Justice Kagan join, dissenting from the denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)