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A “view” from the courtroom: Trials of Mississippi

Today will bring an intense hour of argument about race in jury selection in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times by the same prosecutor, which will culminate in a series of short questions by Justice Clarence Thomas, his first during oral argument in three years. But first, there are a couple of lighter moments. Justice Thomas questions petitioner’s lawyer in Flowers v. Mississippi (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts announces that Justice Stephen Breyer has the co...
Tags: Google, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Kentucky, Walmart, United States, New Jersey, Davis, Manhattan, Evans, Nielsen, Johnson, Flowers


Argument preview: Justices to weigh allegations of racial discrimination in jury selection

During jury selection, some potential jurors can be removed “for cause” – that is, when a judge believes that a juror cannot be impartial in deciding the case. The lawyers trying the case also have a certain number of “peremptory strikes,” which allow them to reject jurors without providing a reason. However, the Supreme Court ruled in Batson v. Kentucky that prosecutors cannot use their peremptory strikes to remove prospective jurors from the jury pool based only on the jurors’ race. Next week ...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Evans, Flowers, Foster, U S Supreme Court, Howe, Mississippi Supreme Court, Chatman, Doug Evans, Merits Cases, Batson, Curtis Flowers


Chatman scores 17, Popovic 15 as Boston College beats Miami

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — Jordan Chatman finished with 17 points and Nik Popovic had 15 to carry the Boston College offense with star Ky Bowman under the weather in a 64-57 win over Miami on Sunday night. Chatman became the 44th player in school history to score 1,000 points. The senior guard reached the […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Miami, Boston College, Chatman, Popovic, Ky Bowman, Jordan Chatman, Nik Popovic


Busy afternoon at the Supreme Court: Six grants and one reargument order, but no stay in census dispute

This afternoon the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference. The justices added six new cases, for a total of five hours of oral argument, to their merits docket for the term, and they ordered reargument in a case that was argued before Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court. In a separate order, the justices also rejected the government’s request to delay the trial in a dispute over a question regarding citizenship on the 2020 census. Perhaps the biggest news of the d...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Kentucky, Atlanta, Commerce, Va, Evans, Department Of Justice, Vietnam, Flowers, Smith


Two notable opinions from SCOTUS on vagueness and habeas review

The US Supreme Court handed down two big opinions this morning that criminal justice fans will want to check out. Here are the basics with links from How Appealing: Justice Elena Kagan announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the opinion of the Court in large measure in Sessions v. Dimaya, No. 15-1498. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch issued an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Anthony M. ...
Tags: Law, Court, United States, Johnson, Smith, Kennedy, US supreme court, Sellers, Wilson, Thomas, Porter, Wiggins, Ginsburg, Alito, McCollum, Chatman


Police: 1 man dead in Georgia shooting, suspect at large

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — Police say a shooting in Georgia has left one man dead. Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman tells news outlets that an argument between 18-year-old Daylan Hall and Kemon O’Neil turned deadly Monday afternoon, resulting in Hall’s shooting. Chatman says a witness told police that O’Neil fired once, before fleeing. Police have […]
Tags: News, Georgia, Ap, Dublin, Hall, Neil, Chatman, Nation & World, DUBLIN Ga, Tim Chatman, Daylan Hall, Kemon O Neil


Framebuilders expand as Breadwinner Cafe opens for business

Customers sit at the bar of Breadwinner Cafe with the framebuilding workshop visible through a big window.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The story behind the new Breadwinner Cafe is Portland at its best. The two guys behind it — Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan — started over a decade ago as bicycle builders toiling in their garages on frames bearing their own names (Pereira Cycles and Ira Ryan Cycles respectively). Then in 2013 they joined forces to form Breadwinner Cycles. That brand a...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Williams, Portland, Ira, Continental, Tony, Chatman, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, North Williams Avenue, Framebuilders, Tony Pereira, Ira Ryan


Two Justices make statement about Alabama capital case in which cert is denied

There was not too much of note in today's order list from the Supreme Court, though sentencing fans might be intrigued by Justice Sotomayor's short statement, joined by Justice Breyer, regarding the denial of certiorari in Floyd v. Alabama. Here is how the statement starts and ends: Petitioner Christopher Floyd was sentenced to death by an Alabama jury that was selected in a manner that raises serious concerns under our precedent in Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986), J.E.B. v. Alabama ex r...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Court, Alabama, Ohio, Foster, Floyd, Chatman, Sotomayor, Breyer, Douglas A Berman, Batson, Christopher Floyd, Alabama Here


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. We can all agree that it’s a scary time of year. And from the looks of things, the horrors are just beginning. But at least my upcoming court dates will soon be in the past, and my strained efforts at humor will stop being so abbreviated. (Such bad food! And such small portions!) Our sole new relist this week is a capital case out of Alabama in which the condemned prisoner contends his trial was fundamentally unfair. Oh, sorry – we already did that story las...
Tags: Featured, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, California, Washington, Kentucky, Alabama, United States, Missouri, Madison, Sykes, Sellers, Reeves, Reed


Argument preview: To which state-court adjudications must federal habeas courts defer?

In its 2011 decision in Harrington v. Richter, the Supreme Court held that even a summary ruling by a state court can count as an adjudication “on the merits” to which federal habeas courts must defer under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. But the court in Richter specifically distinguished, rather than overruled, its 1991 decision in Ylst v. Nunnemaker, which had erected a presumption that, “[w]here there has been one reasoned state judgment rejecting a federal claim,...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Georgia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sellers, Cpc, Wilson, U S District Court, Ginsburg, Strickland, Chatman, Georgia Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, Richter


Death-penalty symposium: The court keeps treating a fatally diseased death penalty

Brian Stull is a senior staff attorney with the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. He filed an in support of Bobby Moore in Moore v. Texas. As Justice Stephen Breyer forecasted two terms ago in Glossip v. Gross, the Supreme Court has continued its project of “patch[ing] up the death penalty’s legal wounds one at a time.” This term, it granted relief in three death-penalty cases, two from the nation’s leading executioner, Texas, and one from the leader in death-ro...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Davis, Atkins, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hall, State, Foster, John Roberts


A Man Is Serving 10 Years In Prison Because Of The Crime He Was Acquitted Of

Ramad Chatman, a black man from Rome Georgia, is serving a 10-year jail sentence after an entire jury found him not guilty of a crime he says he did not commit.  On May 24, Georgia news station 11 Alive published a report on Chatman’s interactions with the justice system, which began with a first-time offender probation and ends with Chatman serving 10 years in prison ― despite the fact that Chatman was found not guilty of a crime he was accused of in between. The outlet recounts the story, spe...
Tags: Facebook, News, America, Georgia, Huffington Post, Lilly Workneh, Superior Court, Fletcher, Chatman, Alford, Issa, Rome News Tribune, Rome Georgia, Ramad Chatman, Alive Camera, Janice Chatman


2 Former Baylor Football Players Arrested In Connection With 2013 Gang Rape Claims

Two former Baylor University football players have been charged with sexual assault for an alleged gang rape involving a female student in 2013. A U.S. marshal arrested former Baylor Bruins running back Shamycheal Chatman, 23, in Houston, Texas, on Thursday and took him into custody, the Dallas News reported. Chatman’s arrest came one day after his former teammate Tre’Von Armstead was arrested in Port Arthur, Texas. Chatman and Armstead were indicted on the same sexual assault charges, accordin...
Tags: News, Cbs News, Cbs, Espn, Baylor University, DOE, Baylor, Huffington Post, Carla Herreria, Bruins, Houston Texas, Waco, State University, Chatman, KWTX, Sam Houston


Baylor Bears Sexual Assault Case: 2 Former Players Arrested For Gang Rape Of Female Student In 2013

Another former Baylor University football player Shamycheal "Myke" Chatman was arrested Thursday by Houston, Texas, marshals for his involvement in a 2013 gang rape of a female student. Chatman's former teammate Tre'Von Armstead was also arrested Wednesday after he was indicted on three counts of sexual assault last week. However, it was not known whether Chatman and Armstead's charges were similar or where exactly Chatman was being held.
Tags: News, Baylor University, Baylor, Houston Texas, Chatman, Armstead, Shamycheal Myke Chatman, Tre Von Armstead


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Tuesday’s relists There is a point in bleak midwinter when hope is at its lowest ebb and despair at its zenith. I’m talking, of course, about the rerun season that predates the February sweeps. And rerun season is where we find ourselves now. This week’s conference marks the theoretical “cutoff” for grants that could be argued this term without expedited briefing. But it looks like any new grants at this point will be argued in the fall: Last week’s new relists yielded 16 gra...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Gross, Montana, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Johnson, Baker, Abbott, Foster, Arthur, Florida Supreme Court


Petitions to watch | Conference of January 19

In its conference of January 19, 2017, the court will consider petitions involving issues such as whether Texas’ voter-ID law “results in” the abridgment of voting rights on account of race; whether a plaintiff’s claims arise out of or relate to a defendant’s forum activities when there is no causal link between the defendant’s forum contacts and the plaintiff’s claims; and whether the imposition of a death sentence in the absence of a unanimous jury verdict in support of death violates the Cons...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Gross, Montana, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Johnson, Baker, Columbia, Abbott, Foster, Arthur, Florida Supreme Court


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 was such a trainwreck of a year, right up to the bitter (and I mean bitter) end; 2017 will surely be better! Already, it’s as if a warm breeze has blown into the nation’s capital, ushering in an era of good feeling and unity so profound and sincere that no ironic hyperlink could adequately express it. And it looks like all the weird news stories are finally behind us. But 2016 was not all bad. It brought with it what will one da...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Gross, Congress, Montana, Massachusetts, Court, Alabama, America, Department Of Defense, Indiana, United States


Petitions to watch | Conference of January 13

In its conference of January 13, 2017, the court will consider petitions involving issues such as whether a criminal defendant charged with an offense punishable by incarceration is denied due process when he is tried by a non-lawyer judge and when the defendant has no opportunity for a de novo trial before a judge who is a lawyer; whether the collective-bargaining provisions of the National Labor Relations Act prohibit the enforcement under the Federal Arbitration Act of an agreement requiring ...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Gross, Montana, Massachusetts, Alabama, Department Of Defense, Indiana, United States, Missouri, Davis, Food And Drug Administration, Oklahoma


Chicago To Pay Over $5 Million In Two Police Shootings Suits

Chicago will pay around $5.4 million in settlements for two men killed by police officers after the city council voted to approve the payments on Wednesday. The estate of Cedrick Chatman, 17, who was shot and killed by police officers in January 2013, was awarded $3 million, while the estate of Darius Pinex, 27, who was killed during a 2011 traffic stop, was awarded $2.36 million. Both men were black. Both killings brought increased scrutiny of the Chicago Police Department for its use of deadl...
Tags: News, Chicago, Huffington Post, Rahm Emanuel, Laquan Mcdonald, Raoul Mosqueda, Gildardo Sierra, Darius Pinex, Lilly Workneh, Cedrick Chatman, Emanuel, Chicago Police Department, U S Justice Department, Jonathan Oatis, Jason Van Dyke, Chatman


Indiana Fever hire Pokey Chatman as new head coach

The Indiana Fever hired Pokey Chatman as their new coach Friday, bringing in an WNBA veteran in hopes of continuing their annual visits to the postseason. Chatman will take over a team that has a rich history in the WNBA, winning a title in 2012 and reaching the playoffs for the past 12 years. Indiana […]
Tags: News, Sports, Indiana, WNBA, Chatman, Pokey Chatman


GVRs based on Foster generates opinions, including dissent from Justices Alito and Thomas

Last month, as reported here, the Supreme Court's reversed a conviction in Georgia capital case, Foster v. Chapman, because the Court had a "firm conviction" juror strikes in the case were "motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent." Today, at the end of this order list, the Court now has relied on Foster to issue this order in a few cases: The motion of petitioner for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted. The judgment is vacated,...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Court, Alabama, Georgia, Williams, Louisiana, Thomas, Foster, Chapman, Floyd, Ginsburg, Alito, Chatman, Supreme Court of Mississippi


Friday round-up

Yesterday the Court issued three decisions in argued cases.  Andrew Hamm rounded up early coverage and commentary for this blog.  Other coverage of the Court’s decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, in which the Court weighed in on the standard for fee-shifting under the Copyright Act, comes from Ronald Mann for this blog.  Coverage of the Court’s decision in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, in which the Court ruled on the circumstances in which the implied false ...
Tags: Utah, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Court, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, United States, New York Times, Round-up, Bloomberg Politics, Foster, Eric Berger, Antonin Scalia, U S Senate, Josh Blackman


Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relisted cases. Since everybody seems to be talking about endorsements these days, your Relist Watch correspondents would like to make one: preferably, on the back of one of these enormous checks they’re handing out to newly minted lawyers.  It’s fifteen-dollars-an-hour for the one-percent set!  Next fall, if you see the Justices silently scanning counsel’s table during a BigLaw argument, they’re probably just musing about how far down the table they have to go befor...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Kentucky, Virginia, Court, Alabama, Pennsylvania, United States, Williams, Atkins, Jesus


Tuesday round-up

Yesterday the Court issued orders from last Thursday’s conference.  It added three cases to its merits docket for next Term and called for the views of the Solicitor General in a fourth case. Lyle Denniston covered the three new merits cases for this blog, as well as the invitation in a second post. Coverage of yesterday’s grant in Moore v. Texas, in which the Court will consider whether the state used the correct standard to determine whether death-row inmate Bobby James Moore is too intellectu...
Tags: Usa, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Nbc News, New York Times, Louisiana, Muhammad Ali, The Washington Post, Ali, Ross, Round-up, David Brown, Foster


Friday round-up

On Thursday the Department of Justice announced that Solicitor General Don Verrilli will step down at the end of the month.  Coverage comes from Lyle Denniston for this blog, Nina Totenberg of NPR, David Savage of Los Angeles Times, Richard Wolf of USA Today, and Tony Mauro at Law.com (subscription or registration may be required).  In a second post, for The National Law Journal (subscription may be required), Mauro chronicles Verrilli’s major wins and losses. This week Justices Ruth Bader Ginsb...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, California, Senate, Court, United States, Liberty, Npr, Department Of Justice, Kevin Johnson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Abbott, Radiolab, Foster


Wednesday round-up

The Justices returned to the bench yesterday.  They issued just one opinion in an argued case: United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. Inc., holding that an approved “jurisdictional determination” by the Army Corps of Engineers is a final agency action subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act.  Molly Runkle rounded up early coverage of yesterday’s action at the Court for this blog.  Other coverage of the ruling comes from Tony Mauro for Supreme Court Brief (s...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, United States, Louisiana, Johnson, David Brown, Foster, Lee, Lynch, Rigsby, Adam Feldman, Chatman, Louisiana Supreme Court, The U S Supreme Court, Mark Walsh


Tuesday round-up

Coverage relating to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to succeed him comes from Tony Mauro, who in The National Law Journal (subscription or registration may be required) reports that, “as loudly as advocates lament the plight of an eight-justice court, there is one interested group that has barely made a peep—the eight justices themselves.” In a second story, Mauro also reports on recent remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who described S...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Senate, Virginia, Court, Georgia, Bloomberg, Green, Chicago, United States, Atlantic City, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Griffin, Courthouse News Service


Friday round-up

Coverage relating to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to succeed him comes from Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post, who reports that a Utah newspaper mistakenly published Sen. Orrin Hatch’s op-ed on his meeting with Garland before the meeting took place.  Commentary comes from a podcast at Advice and Consent and from Ed Kilgore, who in New York suggests that Donald Trump’s release of a list of potential nominees “might allow conservatives par...
Tags: Utah, New York, Law, Court, Alabama, Louisiana, Republican, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Rhode Island, Montgomery, Abbott, Robert, Round-up, Foster, Sonia Sotomayor


Thursday round-up

In the ABA Journal, Mark Walsh analyzes the Court’s recent decision in Luis v. United States, in which the Court held that the pretrial freeze of a criminal defendant’s untainted assets violates the Sixth Amendment right to counsel of choice.  Commentary on the ruling comes from Dan Himmelfarb and Travis Crum, who in The National Law Journal (via the Mayer Brown website) suggest that the Court’s opinion “leaves a number of questions unanswered.”    Briefly: At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, ...
Tags: Law, Court, United States, Griffin, ABA Journal, Hamilton, Round-up, Foster, U S Supreme Court, EEOC, Adam Feldman, Chatman, Luis, Mark Walsh, Mayer Brown, National Law Journal


Wednesday round-up

More commentary on Monday’s opinion in Foster v. Chatman, holding by a vote of seven to one that the Supreme Court of Georgia’s decision that the defendant failed to show purposeful race discrimination in the selection of his jury was clearly erroneous, comes from Anna Roberts at Casetext and Alan Williams at NCADP Blog.  And Max Blau of Atlanta Magazine profiles Stephen Bright, the lawyer who argued on Timothy Foster’s behalf.  Commentary on Monday’s decision in Green v. Brennan – in which the ...
Tags: Law, Court, Green, Associated Press, Illinois, Casetext, Round-up, Foster, Mark Joseph Stern, Scalia, The Supreme Court, EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chatman, Stephen Breyer, Brennan