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SMITH v. CAIN

Docket No.: 10-8145
Certiorari Granted: 06/13/11
Argued: November 8, 2011
Decided: 01/10/12

Topics:

harmless error, murder, retaliation

PartyNames: Juan Smith v. Burl Cain, Warden
Petitioner: Juan Smith
Respondent: Burl Cain, Warden

Court Below: Orleans Parish Criminal District Court of Louisiana
Citation: 45 So.3d 1065
Supreme Court Docket

Juan Smith
v.
Burl Cain, Warden
Question Presented:

In this Louisiana criminal case, the state trial court, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the Louisiana Supreme Court, without making any factual findings, or providing any reasons for their rulings, denied Petitioner Juan Smith post-conviction relief. Smith contends that the Louisiana state courts reached this result only by disregarding firmly--established precedents of this Court regarding suppression of material evidence favorable to a defendant and presentation of false or misleading evidence by a prosecutor. I. Is there a reasonable probability that, given the cumulative effect of the Brady and Napue/Giglio violations in Smith's case, the outcome of the trial would have been different? II. Did the Louisiana state courts ignore fundamental principles of due process in rejecting Smith's Brady and Napue/Giglio claims? Petitioner Juan Smith respectfully requests that this Court issue a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Question:

Is there a reasonable probability that the outcome of Smith's trial would have been different but for Brady and Giglio/Napue errors? Did the state courts violated the Due Process Clause by rejecting Smith's Brady and Giglio/Napue claims?

Note:

In this Louisiana criminal case, the state trial court, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the Louisiana Supreme Court, without making any factual findings, or providing any reasons for their rulings, denied Petitioner Juan Smith post-conviction relief. Smith contends that the Louisiana state courts reached this result only by disregarding firmly--established precedents of this Court regarding suppression of material evidence favorable to a defendant and presentation of false or misleading evidence by a prosecutor. I. Is there a reasonable probability that, given the cumulative effect of the Brady and Napue/Giglio violations in Smith's case, the outcome of the trial would have been different? II. Did the Louisiana state courts ignore fundamental principles of due process in rejecting Smith's Brady and Napue/Giglio claims? Petitioner Juan Smith respectfully requests that this Court issue a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

SMITH v. CAIN
ORAL ARGUMENT

11/08/11

Listen to Oral Argument in SMITH v. CAIN
Holding: REVERSED AND REMANDED
Vote: 8-1
Majority: Chief Justice Roberts,Scalia,Kennedy,Ginsburg,Breyer,Alito,Sotomayor,Kagan
Dissenting: Thomas
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