|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|15-5040||Pa.||Feb 29, 2016||Jun 9, 2016||5-3||Kennedy||OT 2015|
Holding: Under the Due Process Clause, there is an impermissible risk of actual bias when a judge earlier had significant, personal involvement as a prosecutor in a critical decision regarding the defendant’s case.
Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 5-3, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy on June 9, 2016. Chief Justice Roberts filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Alito joined. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|May 7 2015||Application (14A1161) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from May 19, 2015 to July 18, 2015, submitted to Justice Alito.|
|May 12 2015||Application (14A1161) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until June 18, 2015.|
|Jun 12 2015||Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due July 31, 2015)|
|Jul 24 2015||Brief of respondent Pennsylvania in opposition filed.|
|Aug 7 2015||Reply of petitioner Terrance Williams filed.|
|Aug 13 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 28, 2015.|
|Oct 1 2015||Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED.|
|Nov 6 2015||The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including November 30, 2015.|
|Nov 6 2015||The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including January 13, 2016.|
|Nov 10 2015||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party received from counsel for the petitioner.|
|Nov 13 2015||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party received from counsel for the respondent.|
|Nov 30 2015||Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)|
|Nov 30 2015||Brief of petitioner Terrance Williams filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Constitutional Accountability Center filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amici curiae of Former Judges with Prosecutorial Experience filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amici curiae of The Ethics Bureau at Yale, et al. filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amicus curiae of The American Bar Association filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amici curiae of Former Appellate Court Jurists filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amici curiae of Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and Justice at Stake filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amici curiae of The American Civil Liberties Union, and The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed.|
|Dec 7 2015||Brief amicus curiae of The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers filed.|
|Dec 23 2015||SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, February 29, 2016|
|Jan 8 2016||Record received from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Eastern District. (2 Boxes)|
|Jan 13 2016||Brief of respondent Pennsylvania filed. (Distributed)|
|Jan 15 2016||CIRCULATED.|
|Feb 11 2016||Record received from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (2 Boxes)|
|Feb 12 2016||Reply of petitioner Terrance Williams filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 29 2016||Argued. For petitioner: Stuart B. Lev, Assistant Federal Defender, Philadelphia, Pa. For respondent: Ronald Eisenberg, Deputy District Attorney, Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Jun 9 2016||Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED. Kennedy, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Roberts, C. J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Alito, J., joined. Thomas, J., filed a dissenting opinion.|
|Jun 9 2016||MANDATE ISSUED.|
|Jul 12 2016||JUDGMENT ISSUED|
|Jul 12 2016||MANDATE ISSUED|
|Aug 16 2016||Records from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has been returned. (4 Boxes)|
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