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METRISH v. LANCASTER

Docket No.: 12-547
Certiorari Granted: Jan 18 2013
Argued: April 24, 2013
Decided: May 20, 2013

Topics:

AEDPA, Due Process, habeas, habeas corpus, murder

PartyNames: Linda Metrish, Warden v. Burt Lancaster
Petitioner: Linda Metrish, Warden
Respondent: Burt Lancaster

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Citation: 683 F.3d 740
Supreme Court Docket

Linda Metrish, Warden
v.
Burt Lancaster
Question Presented:

1. Whether the Michigan Supreme Court's recognition that a state statute abolished the long-maligned diminished-capacity defense was an "unexpected and indefensible" change in a common-law doctrine of criminal law under this Court's retroactivity jurisprudence. See Rogers v. Tennessee, 532 U.S. 451 (2001). 2. Whether the Michigan Court of Appeals' retroactive application of the Michigan Supreme Court's decision was "so lacking in justification that there was an error well understood and comprehended in existing law beyond any possibility for fairminded disagreement" so as to justify habeas relief. Harrington v. Richter, 131 S. Ct. 770, 786-87 (2011).

METRISH v. LANCASTER
ORAL ARGUMENT

April 24, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in METRISH v. LANCASTER
Holding: REVERSED
Vote: 9-0
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