Monday, October 10, 2011
Summaries are from ScotusBlog:
- Reynolds v. U.S.: Does petitioner have standing under the plain language of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act to raise claims regarding the Attorney General's interim rule making the Act retroactively applicable to those who committed their underlying offense prior to its enactment date? Transcript here.
- Maples v. Thomas: Whether the Eleventh Circuit properly held that there was no cause to excuse any procedural default where petitioner was blameless for the default, the state's own conduct contributed to the default, and petitioner's attorneys of record were no longer functioning as his agents at the time of any default. Transcript here.
- Howes v. Fields: Whether this Court's clearly established precedent under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 holds that a prisoner is always "in custody" for purposes of Miranda any time that prisoner is isolated from the general prison population and questioned about conduct occurring outside the prison regardless of the surrounding circumstances. Transcript here.
- Martinez v. Ryan: Whether a defendant in a state criminal case who is prohibited by state law from raising on direct appeal any claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel, but who has a state-law right to raise such a claim in a first post-conviction proceeding, has a federal constitutional right to effective assistance of first post-conviction counsel specifically with respect to his ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel claim. Transcript here.