Monday, April 4, 2011
Today, the Supreme Court handed down yet another habeas decision.
Cullen v. Pinholster, No. 09-1088. A federal court conducting review of a state prisoner's habeas corpus petition under 28 U.S.C. §2254(d)(1), which authorizes relief if the decision of a state court that adjudicated the claim on the merits was "contrary to, or involved an unreasonable application of, clearly established Federal law," is limited to the record that was before the state court.
More details are available at the ever-reliable SCOTUSBlog.