Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

The court will release orders from the March 16 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Sveen v. Melin. Amy Howe has our preview.

Sears v. Upton

Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-8854 Not Argued Jun 29, 2010 5-4 Per Curiam OT 2009

Issue: Without oral argument, the Court decided that a state court failed to adequately assess the a capital defendant’s claim of ineffective assistance of counsel arising from his lawyer’s failure to investigate the defendant’s history of mental impairments.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded in a per curiam opinion on June 29, 2010. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justice Thomas. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito would have denied the petition.

Briefs and Documents

Term Snapshot