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Dodd v. United States

Docket No.: 04-5286
Certiorari Granted: Nov 29 2004
Argued: March 22, 2005
Decided: June 20, 2005

Topics:

Criminal Procedure, Judicial Power, Habeas Corpus, Eighth Amendment, habeas, harmless error, retaliation

PartyNames: Michael Donald Dodd v. United States
Petitioner: Michael Donald Dodd
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Citation: 365 F3d 1273
Supreme Court Docket

Michael Donald Dodd
v.
United States
545 U.S. 353 (2005)
Background:

A federal prisoner may file a motion to vacate sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 para. 6(3) within one year of "the date on which the right asserted was initially recognized by the Supreme Court, if that right has been newly recognized by the Supreme Court and made retroactively applicable to cases on collateral review." State prisoners may do the same under nearly identical language found in 28U.S.C. § 2244(d)(I)(C).

Question Presented:

The Question Presented is: Does the one-year limitations period in 28 U.S.C. § 2255 para. 6(3) begin to run (i) when either the Court or the controlling circuit court has held that the relevant right applies retroactively to cases on collateral review (as the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits hold), or instead (ii) when the Court recognizes a new right, whether or not it is made retroactively applicable to cases on collateral review (as the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits hold, and the Second and Eighth Circuits have stated in dicta)?

Question:

Is the start date for a federal prisoner's one-year limitation period the date on which the Court "initially recongized" the right asserted in an applicant's motion, or the date on which the right is "made retroactive?"

Dodd v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 22, 2005

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By:

Dodd v. United States
Case Documents

1Opinion in Dodd v. United States
2Opinion in Dodd v. United States
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