Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Harbison v. Bell

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-8521 6th Cir. Jan 12, 2009
Tr.
Apr 1, 2009 7-2 Stevens OT 2008

Issue: Whether the Terrorist Death Penalty Enhancement Act of 2005 provides prisoners sentenced under state law the right to federally appointed and funded counsel to pursue clemency under state law, and whether a district court’s denial of such a request may be appealed without a certificate of appealability.

Judgment: Reversed, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens on April 1, 2009.

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