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Sears v. Chatman

Petition for certiorari denied on May 19, 2014
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-8725 Ga. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: (1) Whether the Georgia Supreme Court, on return from remand following this Court’s decision in Sears v. Upton, violated both this Court’s mandate and petitioner’s Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by (A) revisiting the first prong of Strickland v. Washington, deficient performance by counsel, and (B) finding that trial counsel’s performance was constitutionally adequate; and (2) whether the Georgia Supreme Court violated both this Court’s mandate and petitioner’s Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by failing to properly weigh the evidence that petitioner was prejudiced by his trial counsel’s performance in satisfaction of the second prong of Strickland v. Washington.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 14 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due March 21, 2014)
Mar 20 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including March 31, 2014.
Mar 31 2014Brief of respondent Bruce Chatman, Warden in opposition filed.
Apr 17 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 2, 2014.
May 5 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 15, 2014.
May 19 2014Petition DENIED.
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