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Tyler v. Louisiana

Petition for certiorari denied on December 12, 2016
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
15-8114 La. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issues: (1) Whether, when counsel fully concedes the client's guilt to all charges over the client's express objection, counsel's performance amounts to a complete failure to subject the prosecution's case to meaningful adversarial testing so that the United States v. Cronic prejudice standard applies (as every other state and federal court to consider the question has held), or whether the Strickland v. Washington prejudice standard applies (as the lower court in this case held); (2) whether the petitioner's 14th Amendment rights under Boykin v. Alabama and Brookhart v. Janis were violated when his counsel entered the “functional equivalent of a guilty plea” to first-degree murder over his objections; (3) whether the petitioner's Sixth Amendment right to self-representation under Faretta v. California was violated when the trial court did not explain that the petitioner had the right to represent himself when he tried unsuccessfully to fire his attorneys; and (4) whether, in a capital case, the defense counsel who concedes guilt after failing to investigate and present a readily available innocence defense against his client's express wishes renders ineffective assistance under Strickland.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 4 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due March 10, 2016)
Mar 15 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including April 25, 2016.
Apr 26 2016Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including July 25, 2016.
Jul 22 2016Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including August 1, 2016.
Aug 1 2016Brief of respondent Louisiana in opposition filed.
Aug 12 2016Reply of petitioner James Tyler, III filed.
Aug 18 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 26, 2016.
Aug 25 2016Record Requested .
Sep 19 2016Record received from Caddo Parish, State of Louisiana (1 envelope). The record is electronic.
Oct 31 2016Record received from the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The record is electronic.
Nov 3 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.