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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dissent from denial of certiorari in habeas case

Justice Sotomayor's dissent, joined by Justice Ginsburg, in Williams v. Hobbs is here. From the opening paragraph:

Today the Court refuses to review the Eighth Circuit’s conclusion that a State may withhold an objection to a federal habeas evidentiary hearing until after the hearing is complete, the constitutional violation established, and habeas relief granted. Because I believe such a rule enables, and even invites, States to manipulate federal habeas proceedings to their own strategic advantage at an unacceptable cost to justice, I respectfully dissent.

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