Thursday, February 28, 2013

11th Circuit Activity

Adkins v. Warden, Holman CF, et al

Judge: Martin
Areas of Law: Criminal Law 
Opinion Date: February 27, 2013

Petitioner, an Alabama prisoner on death row, appealed from the district court's denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus, brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254. The record compelled a finding that the state used its peremptory strikes in a discriminatory manner and violated petitioner's right to Equal Protection as clearly established by Batson v. Kentucky. Because the court determined that petitioner was entitled to habeas relief based on his Batson claim, the court did not decide his other claims. Accordingly, the court reversed and remanded.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Home Run King* Seeks to Overturn Conviction

Lawyers for Barry Bonds, who was convicted nearly two years ago for misleading a federal grand jury investigation, are set to argue before the 9th Circuit that the jury's guilty verdict should be overturned.  For a detailed account of the case against Mr. Bonds and his legal team's argument, read the story in the link below:

The Barry Bonds case: Federal judges to hear home run king's appeal Wednesday