Johnson v. Williams

Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of Respondent.

Brief filed: 06/05/2012

Documents

Johnson v. Williams

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 11-465

Prior Decision

Decision below Williams v. Cavazos, 646 F.3d 626 (9th Cir. 2011).

Argument(s)

AEDPA does not restrict habeas review of a properly presented federal claim that the state courts overlooked and ignored. If a state court issued an opinion that failed to address a properly presented federal claim, a habeas court should not presume that the claim was nonetheless adjudicated. Contrary to the warden’s alternative argument, the adjudication of a state-law claim does not adjudicate a factually related, but omitted, federal-law claim.

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Author(s)

C. Kevin Marshall, Yaakov M. Roth, and Jennifer M. Bradley, Jones Day, Washington, DC; David M. Porter, Sacramento, CA.