Monday, January 21, 2008
Most lawyers—even most appellate lawyers—never get the chance to take a case to the United States Supreme Court. A South Carolina inmate, however, has succeeded, writing a persuasive and cogent petition for writ of certiorari. The Court granted the writ prepared by Keith Burgess and has placed his case on its docket for argument this term.
Burgess’s newly appointed counsel is proud of his client, according to a recent news story:
"He has accomplished what tens of thousands of attorneys across the country have not been able to," said Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, who now represents Burgess. "I told him he should really be proud of himself."
The case is Burgess v. United States, No. 06-11429. To view the petition for writ of cert, click Download Brief_01-21-08_115934.pdf .