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Remaining SCOTUS Crim. Cases This Term

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Today was pretty much a nothingburger for SCOTUS criminal law, so readers might be wondering what is left for decision before the Justices clear out of D.C. ahead of the dog days of summer.  Here is a rundown of criminal and related cases remaining.

  • Hernandez v. Mesa, No. 15-118, argued February 21.  Civil case arising out of a shooting by a border patrol agent across the border from El Paso, Texas into Juarez, Chihuahua.  CJLF filed an amicus brief in support of Agent Mesa.
  • Packingham v. North Carolina, No. 15-1194, argued February 27. Restriction of social media access for convicted sex offender.
  • Jennings v. Rodriguez, No. 15-1204, argued November 30.  Bond hearings for aliens detained pending deportation.
  • Ashcroft v. Abbasi, No. 15-1359 and two companion cases, argued January 18.  Suing government officials for detentions in the wake of 9/11.
  • Turner v. United States, No. 15-1503 and companion case, argued March 29.  Brady nondisclosure of evidence issues.
  • Honeycutt v. United States, No. 16-142, argued March 29.  Forfeiture liability in conspiracy.
  • Weaver v. Massachusetts, No. 16-240, argued April 19.  Standard of reversible error for ineffective assistance in regard to a "structural error."  CJLF filed an amicus brief in support of Massachusetts.
  • Lee v. United States, No. 16-327, argued March 28.  Guilty pleas, ineffective assistance, and deficient immigration consequences advice.
  • Los Angeles County v. Mendez, No. 16-639, argued March 22.  Considering provocation in deciding whether police used excessive force.
  • McWilliams v. Dunn, No. 16-5294, argued April 24.  Whether Ake v. Oklahoma requires that expert appointed be an independent one to be on the defense team as opposed to a neutral evaluation reported to both parties.
  • Davila v. Davis, No. 16-6219, argued April 24.  On claim of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel, defaulted on state habeas and raised for first time in federal court, whether alleged ineffectiveness of state habeas lawyer is recognized as "cause" for default, reopening the claim for federal court resolution.  CJLF filed an amicus brief in support of Texas.

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