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Cases tagged as: 2014 Term

Christeson v. Roper

135 S. Ct. 891 (2015) (PDF)

When a death row inmate’s appointed attorneys had missed the filing deadline for his first federal habeas petition and could not be expected to argue that the inmate was entitled to equitable tolling of the statute of limitations, the district court abused its discretion in denying a motion for the appointment of substitute, conflict-free counsel.

Related tag(s): 2014 Term , attorney-client relationship, habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, right to counsel, sixth amendment,

Davis v. Ayala

135 S. Ct. 2187 (2015) (PDF)

Exclusion of Defendant’s attorney from part of an ex parte Batson hearing was harmless error. There was no basis for finding that the Defendant suffered actual prejudice.

Related tag(s): 2014 Term , attorney-client relationship, habeas corpus, right to counsel, sixth amendment,

Jennings v. Stephens

135 S. Ct. 793 (2014) (PDF)

A prisoner who sought federal habeas relief based on three theories of ineffective assistance of counsel and prevailed in the district court on two of them is not required to file a cross-appeal in order to urge an alternative ground for relief or seek a certificate of appealability on the third theory.

Related tag(s): 2014 Term , attorney-client relationship, habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, right to counsel, sixth amendment,

Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

135 S.Ct. 1656 (2014) (PDF)

State’s Code of Judicial Conduct banning the personal solicitation of campaign funds by candidates for judgeships does not violate the First Amendment.

Related tag(s): 2014 Term , judges, solicitation,

Woods v. Donald

135 S. Ct. 1372 (2015) (PDF)

Supreme Court held that attorney’s brief absence during testimony concerning other defendants was no per se ineffective assistance of counsel under United States v. Cronic.

Related tag(s): 2014 Term , attorney-client relationship, habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, right to counsel, sixth amendment,