Friday, October 8, 2010
Issue summaries are from ScotusBlog, which also has links to briefs and opinions below:
Tuesday, Oct. 12
- Harrington v. Richter: (1) Did the Ninth Circuit err in finding that a lawyer provided ineffective assistance to a criminal defendant by declining to investigate or introduce expert testimony regarding certain blood stains? (2) Is a state court decision upholding a criminal conviction entitled to deference when challenged in a federal habeas proceeding if the state court issued a summary decision with no reasoning?
- Premo v. Moore: When a defendant has pleaded guilty, but later challenges his conviction on the ground that his lawyer should have moved to suppress his confession, is he entitled to habeas relief upon showing that his confession was coerced?
Wednesday, Oct. 13
- Skinner v. Switzer: When a convicted prisoner wishes to sue a state to obtain access to biological evidence for DNA testing, is he required to file a habeas petition or can he file a civil rights suit instead?