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Davis v. Ayala

Docket No.: 13-1428
Argued: March 3, 2015
Decided: 6/18/15

Topics:

AEDPA, Eighth Amendment, Equal Protection Clause, Fourteenth Amendment, death penalty, habeas, habeas corpus, harmless error, harmless-error, jury selection, murder, racial discrimination

PartyNames: Ron Davis, Acting Warden v. Hector Ayala
Petitioner: Ron Davis, Acting Warden
Respondent: Hector Ayala

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: 756 F.3d 656
Supreme Court Docket

Ron Davis, Acting Warden
v.
Hector Ayala
Question Presented:

Whether a state court's rejection of a claim of federal constitutional error on the ground that any error, if one occurred, was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt is an "adjudicat[ion] on the merits" within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. 2254(d), so that a federal court may set aside the resulting final state conviction only if the defendant can satisfy the restrictive standards imposed by that provision.

Note:

IN ADDITION TO THE QUESTION PRESENTED BY THE PETITION, THE PARTIES ARE DIRECTED TO BRIEF AND ARGUE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: "WHETHER THE COURT OF APPEALS PROPERLY APPLIED THE STANDARD ARTICULATED IN BRECHT v. ABRAHAMSON. 507 U.S. 619 (1993)." CERT. GRANTED 10/20/201413-1428 DAVIS V. AYALA

Davis v. Ayala
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 3, 2015

Listen to Oral Argument in Davis v. Ayala
Holding: REVERSED AND REMANDED
Opinion By:
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