Is the high grant rate because MichSG Eric Restuccia is an exceptionally good petition writer, or is it because the Sixth has been blundering exceptionally badly? Or perhaps a bit of each?
Also granted is Barber v. Thomas, No. 09-5201, from the Ninth Circuit. This appears to be a federal prisoner case. The opinion (or memorandum) doesn't seem to be on the Ninth Circuit's site. Will get more details later.
In Porter v. McCollum, previously noted here as much-relisted case, the Supreme Court summarily reversed the Eleventh Circuit. This capital case involves ineffective assistance in the penalty phase.
Among the denials of certiorari is the notorious Kevin Cooper case, Cooper v. Ayers, No. 09-363. This is the case that went for a rare second round of federal habeas review for additional forensic testing. The district court found, "Postconviction DNA testing confirms that Petitioner committed the murders of the Ryen/Hughes victims."