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Stirling v. Stokes

Petition for certiorari denied on November 6, 2023
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
22-1234 4th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2023

Issues: (1) Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit defied this court’s remand instruction and circumvented 28 U.S.C. § 2254(e)(2)’s limitations on federal-court authority by finding forfeiture based on the state not having offered the statutory argument as an alternative ground to deny relief on the claim when the state was defending on appeal the district court’s sole finding of default; and (2) whether, if the state did forfeit its argument, the 4th Circuit erred in granting relief on a defaulted ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel claim by violating basic principles of Strickland v. Washington that require reviewing courts to afford deference to reasonable strategy and that the whole of the evidence be considered in a prejudice analysis.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jun 20 2023Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 24, 2023)
Jul 06 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response from July 24, 2023 to September 7, 2023, submitted to The Clerk.
Jul 11 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including September 7, 2023.
Sep 07 2023Brief of respondent Sammie Louis Stokes in opposition filed.
Sep 22 2023Reply of petitioners Bryan P. Stirling, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2023DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/13/2023.
Oct 23 2023DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/27/2023.
Oct 30 2023DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/3/2023.
Nov 06 2023Petition DENIED.