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7 Months to Decide the Obvious

Today, a panel of the Ninth Circuit decided on remand the case of Belmontes v. Wong. The order in its entirety reads:

We have reviewed the briefs filed by the parties following the Supreme Court's issuance of its opinion dated November 16, 2009 in Wong v. Belmontes. In light of that opinion, we are compelled to affirm the district court's order denying the writ of habeas corpus.
How long will the Ninth sit on the rehearing petition? Should we start a pool?


Well, now Reinhardt can claim that he has voted to affirm a death sentence.

Yes, but only under compulsion.

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