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

Monday, October 31, 2011

Opinion in case involving federal review of state jury's assessment of experts

The case, Cavazos v. Smith, is summarily reversed here. The Ninth Circuit had granted habeas for a conviction in which the jury credited the prosecution's expert on cause of death rather than the defense's. In dissent, Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justices Breyer and Sotomayor, characterized the Court's action as "a misuse of discretion.'

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