No new grants in the present day – SCOTUSblog
Posted Mon, November 18th, 2019 10:48 am by Amy Howe
This morning the Supreme Courtroom issued orders from final week’s personal convention. The justices granted 4 circumstances from that convention on Friday afternoon, so they didn’t add new circumstances to their docket in the present day.
The justices denied evaluate within the case of Victor Saldano, an Argentinian citizen who has been on dying row in Texas for over 30 years. Saldano was convicted of the kidnapping and homicide of Paul King, who was on his approach to purchase meals for a Thanksgiving lunch for his fellow staff at a Greatest Purchase retailer. Saldano’s case had drawn intense curiosity from Argentina, which (together with different Central and South American international locations) had filed a “buddy of the court docket” transient arguing that Saldano’s remedy violated worldwide legislation and urging the justices to take up his case.
The justices additionally turned down a petition from Martin Shkreli, who was sentenced to seven years in jail and ordered to pay fines, forfeiture and restitution totaling practically eight million dollars after he was convicted of securities fraud.
Two years in the past, in Honeycutt v. United States, the Supreme Courtroom unanimously agreed that, beneath a criminal-forfeiture statute for drug offenses, a defendant can solely be required to forfeit property that he really acquired because of the crime. At the moment the justices denied a petition from a mother-son pair who have been convicted of violating drug and monetary conspiracy legal guidelines, and who have been difficult an order that may require them to collectively forfeit over 1,000,000 dollars. Sharon Elder and Allen Peithman advised the justices that the courts of appeals are divided on whether or not the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling in Honeycutt applies to forfeitures beneath a extra basic legal forfeiture statute. The U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the eighth Circuit dominated that it doesn’t, reasoning that the language of the extra basic statute at problem in Elder and Peithman’s case is “broader” than the statute at problem in Honeycutt and “much less centered on” whether or not the defendant owned the property to be forfeited.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the court docket’s choice to not hear Elder and Peithman’s case. She identified that the federal government now concedes that the Supreme Courtroom’s reasoning in Honeycutt additionally applies to the statute at problem on this case, even when there’s another excuse to uphold the decrease courts’ ruling. She would have despatched the case again “to permit the Eighth Circuit to rethink its choice in mild of the Authorities’s concession.”
The Supreme Courtroom didn’t act on the case of Texas death-row inmate Rodney Reed, who was convicted of the 1996 homicide of Stacey Stites however has constantly maintained that he’s harmless. Reed’s execution was scheduled for later this week, however on Friday a state appeals court docket blocked his execution and despatched the case again to the trial court docket for it to think about new proof.
The justices’ subsequent convention is scheduled for Friday, November 22.
This put up was initially printed at Howe on the Courtroom.
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