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United States v. Purkey

Application to vacate stay of execution granted on July 15, 2020. Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan would deny the application.

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20A4 7th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Issue: Whether, because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued a stay of execution without finding that the death row inmate has a significant possibility of success on the merits, the Supreme Court should summarily vacate the lower court's stay of execution.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 11 2020Application (20A4) to vacate stay of execution, submitted to Justice Kavanaugh.
Jul 12 2020Response to application from respondent Wesley Ira Purkey filed.
Jul 12 2020Reply of applicant United States, et al. filed.
Jul 12 2020Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Arizona.
Jul 13 2020Supplemental brief of applicants T. J., Warden Watson, et al. filed.
Jul 13 2020Supplemental brief of respondents Wesley Ira Purkey filed.
Jul 15 2020Application (20A4) referred to the Court.
Jul 15 2020Application (20A4) granted by the Court. The application to vacate the stay of execution entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on July 2, 2020, presented to Justice Kavanaugh and by him referred to the Court, is granted. Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan would deny the application.
 
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