Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bottom-side amicus briefs in Bryant

Yesterday was the due date for amicus briefs supporting the respondent (the defendant) in Michigan v. Bryant. I filed one, which you can read by clicking here, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed another, which you can read by clicking here. If I learn that there are others, I will post them as well.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Respondent's brief in Bryant

Here is the brief, filed yesterday, of respondent Bryant in Michigan v. Bryant. Amicus briefs supporting Bryant are due on the 23rd. I expect to file one.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Cert denied in Pendergrass (and reply brief)

As reported in a comment by an anonymous reader, the Supreme Court denied cert this morning in Pendergrass v. Indiana. I may have mroe to say on this later. For now, I'll simply say that the basic issue presented by the case -- who must testify as to the results of a forensic lab test -- is an important one that the Court will have to resolve sooner or later.

I never posted Pendergrass's reply brief in support of certiorari, but for completeness will do it now; you can see it by clicking here. Personally, I think the issue is well enough joined that the Court could have taken this case if it were disposed to resolve the matter now. It may be that both sides from Melendez-Diaz are a little wary given the addition of yet another new Justice.