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Toca v. Louisiana

Case dismissed, pursuant to Rule 46, on February 3, 2015
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-6381 La. TBD TBD TBD Per Curiam OT 2014

Holding: Case on whether the Court’s 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama, holding that the Constitution prohibits a mandatory sentence of life without parole for a defendant who was under the age of eighteen at the time of the crime, dismissed as moot after a settlement that included the inmate’s release from prison.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 18 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due October 23, 2014)
Sep 29 2014Brief of respondent Louisiana in opposition filed.
Oct 16 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 31, 2014.
Nov 3 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 7, 2014.
Nov 5 2014Record Requested.
Nov 10 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 14, 2014.
Nov 17 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 25, 2014.
Nov 20 2014Record received from the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The record is electronic.
Dec 1 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 5, 2014.
Dec 8 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 12, 2014.
Dec 12 2014Motion to proceed in forma pauperis GRANTED. Petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED limited to the following questions: 1) Does the rule announced in Miller v. Alabama, 567 U. S. ____ (2012), apply retroactively to this case? 2) Is a federal question raised by a claim that a state collateral review court erroneously failed to find a Teague exception?.
Jan 7 2015Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondent.
Jan 26 2015Brief of petitioner George Toca filed.
Jan 26 2015Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)
Feb 2 2015SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, March 30, 2015
Feb 2 2015Stipulation to dismiss the writ of certiorari pursuant to Rule 46 received.
Feb 3 2015Petition Dismissed - Rule 46.
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