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Stokes v. South Carolina

Petition for certiorari denied on December 12, 2016
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
15-9329 S.C. Ct. C.P. Orangeburg Cnty. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issues: (1) Whether it is a violation of the Sixth Amendment guarantee of conflict-free counsel for a lawyer who previously prosecuted a defendant to represent that same defendant in a subsequent and related capital trial; and (2) whether a valid waiver of the right to conflict-free counsel can be found when the trial record contains no mention of a conflict or waiver, and the post-conviction record does not address, let alone satisfy, the constitutionally required elements of a valid waiver.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
May 11 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due June 15, 2016)
Jun 21 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 15, 2016.
Jul 15 2016Brief of respondent South Carolina in opposition filed.
Aug 4 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 26, 2016.
Aug 25 2016Record Requested .
Aug 30 2016Reply of petitioner Sammie Louis Stokes filed. (Distributed)
Sep 29 2016Record received from the Supreme Court of South Carolina. The record is electronic.
Oct 6 2016Record received from the Court of Common Pleas of South Carolina, Orangeburg County (1 box).
Oct 13 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 28, 2016.
Oct 31 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 4, 2016.
Nov 7 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 10, 2016.
Nov 14 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 22, 2016.
Nov 28 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 2, 2016.
Dec 5 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 9, 2016.
Dec 12 2016Petition DENIED.
Jan 27 2017Record returned to the Court of Common Pleas of South Carolina, Orangeburg County (1 box).
 
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