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Cases tagged as: 2010 Term

Ashcroft v. al-Kidd

131 S. Ct. 2074 (2011) (PDF)

The Court found that then-Attorney General Ashcroft was entitled to qualified immunity in the use of the federal material witness warrant as a tool for preventative detention and investigation of terrorist suspects.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, academic amicus brief filed, decision against academic amicus brief, decision in favor of academic amicus brief, qualified immunity,

Connick v. Thompson

131 S. Ct. 1350 (2011) (PDF)

District attorney's office was held not liable under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 for failure to train prosecutors on basis of single violation of requirement--under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) to disclose material exculpatory evidence to defense.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, prosecutorial misconduct,

Cullen v. Pinholster

131 S. Ct. 1388 (2011) (PDF)

The Court determined that counsel was not ineffective in failing to consult with an additional psychiatrist and more family members to produce sufficient mitigating evidence

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, attorney-client relationship, ineffective assistance of counsel, prejudice, sixth amendment,

Fox v. Vice

131 S. Ct. 2205 (2011) (PDF)

The Court addressed the award of attorney's fees under a fee-shifting statute in civil rights litigation involving frivolous and non-frivolous claims, and the Court held that reasonable fees may be granted to the defendant only for those costs that the defendant would not have incurred but for the frivolous claims.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, attorneys fees,

Harrington v. Richter

131 S. Ct. 770 (2011) (PDF)

The Court reversed the Ninth Circuit's finding of ineffective assistance of counsel, where the defense attorney used cross-examination and other methods to create reasonable doubt rather than expert testimony and forensic evidence about the blood that was found at the murder scene.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, academic amicus brief filed, attorney-client relationship, decision in favor of academic amicus brief, ineffective assistance of counsel, prejudice, sixth amendment,

Los Angeles County v. Humphries

131 S. Ct. 447 (2010) (PDF)

The Court overturned the attorney's fees awarded under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983. Civil rights plaintiffs suing a municipal entity under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 held required to show that alleged injury was caused by municipal policy or custom, regardless of whether relief sought was monetary or prospective. In other words, the Court held that the fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege does not apply to the general trust relationship between the United States and the Native American tribes.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, attorneys fees,

Premo v. Moore

131 S. Ct. 733 (2011) (PDF)

State prisoner--who, after confessing to fatal shooting, followed counsel's advice to plead no contest to felony murder in exchange for minimum sentence--was held to be not entitled to federal habeas corpus relief on claim of ineffective assistance in counsel's failure, before giving plea advice, to move to suppress confession.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, attorney-client relationship, ineffective assistance of counsel, prejudice, sixth amendment,

Turner v. Rogers

131 S. Ct. 2507 (2011) (PDF)

The Court held that indigent, noncustodial parents subject to a child support order are not constitutionally entitled to counsel at a civil contempt proceeding, even if the parent faces jail time.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, ABA amicus brief filed, academic amicus brief filed, decision against ABA amicus brief, decision in favor of academic amicus brief, due process clause, right to counsel,


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