Holding: Without oral argument, the Court returned this case to a lower court to consider whether to hold a hearing to investigate whether the trial judge and jury in the defendantâ€™s trial engaged in significant misconduct that could undermine the validity of his death sentence.
Judgment: Vacated and remanded in a per curiam opinion on January 19, 2010. Justice Scalia dissented, joined by Justice Thomas. Justice Alito dissented separately, joined by Chief Justice Roberts.
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