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Procedural Default and Martinez v. Ryan (2012) 566 U.S. 1

Does application of the equitable rule the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Martinez v. Ryan (2012) 566 U.S. 1 render 28 U.S.C. § 2254(e)(2) inapplicable to a federal court's merits review of a claim for habeas relief? Held: A federal habeas court generally may consider a state prisoner’s federal claim only if he has first presented that claim to the…

Case: Shinn v. Ramirez (2022) __ U.S. __ [142 S.Ct. 1718]
Case Number: 20-1009
Updated: May 23, 2022
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Federal Habeas Relief When State Court Determined Error Was Harmless

May a federal habeas court grant relief based solely on its conclusion that the Brecht v. Abrahamson (1993) 507 U.S. 619 test is satisfied, as the Sixth Circuit held, or must the court also find that the state court's Chapman v. California (1967) 386 U.S. 18 application was unreasonable under 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d)(1), as the Second, Third, Seventh, Ninth,…

Case: Brown v. Davenport (2022) __ U.S.__ [142 S.Ct. 1510]
Case Number: 20-826
Updated: April 21, 2022
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Retroactivity of Ramos v. Louisiana

Whether the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ramos v. Louisiana (2020) 590 U. S. ___ [140 S.Ct. 1390], applies retroactively to cases on federal collateral review. Held: Last Term in Ramos v. Louisiana, 590 U. S. __, 140 S. Ct. 1390, 206 L. Ed. 2d 583 (2020), this Court held that a state jury must be unanimous to convict a criminal defendant…

Case: Edwards v. Vannoy (2021) __ U.S.__ [141 S.Ct. 1547]
Case Number: 19-5807
Updated: May 17, 2021
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