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On Monday the Supreme Court hears oral argument in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill; Amy Howe has our preview.
On Monday the Supreme Court also hears oral argument in Smith v. Berryhill; Kathryn Moore has our preview.

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Walker v. Martin

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-996 9th Cir. Nov 29, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Feb 23, 2011 9-0 Ginsburg OT 2010

Holding: A California rule requiring state habeas petitions to be filed as promptly as the circumstances allow constitutes an independent state ground that is adequate to bar habeas relief in federal court.

Plain English Holding: A California rule requiring state habeas petitions to be filed “as promptly as the circumstances allow” constitutes an independent state ground that is adequate to bar habeas relief in federal court.

Judgment: Reversed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on February 23, 2011.

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  • Amicus brief of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (unavailable)
 
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