Issue: (1) Whether the Fourth Circuit created an impermissible
end-run around Harrington v. Richter,Cullen v. Pinholster, and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act
by holding that a state court’s merits
determination is not an “adjudication on the
merits” whenever the state prisoner later
presents the federal court with new material
evidence and the state court decided the ineffective assistance claim without an evidentiary
hearing and (2) whether the Fourth Circuit wrongly ignored 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254(d) and Strickland v. Washington in concluding as a de novo matter,
and contrary to the Virginia Supreme Court and
Strickland, that trial counsel were ineffective for
deciding not to argue mental retardation at
3/30Brumfield v. Cain Whether a defendant in a capital case has a right to an independent court hearing on Whether he suffers from mental incapacity and therefore is not eligible for the death penalty.
3/31Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Whether the Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se”.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
Awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.
Sigma Delta Chi
Awarded the Sigma Delta Chi deadline reporting award for online coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
National Press Club Award
Awarded the National Press Club's Breaking News Award for coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
Silver Gavel Award
Awarded the Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for fostering the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
American Gavel Award
Awarded the American Gavel Award for Distinguished Reporting About the Judiciary to recognize the highest standards of reporting about courts and the justice system.
Awarded the Webby Award for excellence on the internet.