Monday, September 19, 2005

Supreme Court developments

I have previously reported on pending cert petitions in two cases, Davis v. Washington and Hammon v. Indiana, but htere is another one ahead of them on the docket, Ferguson v. West Virginia. This is a murder case, involving statements by the decedent months before his death in which he expressed his fear of the accused. The state did not initially respond to Ferguson's petition for certiorari, but the Court called for a response, so it has fileda brief in opposition, to which Ferguson has filed a reply.

Meanwhile, the Court has called for a reesponse in Davis. And in Hammon, the state filed a brief in opposition without waiting for a call from the Court. I hope to have it, and the reply that I am now preparing, on the blog soon.

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