Thursday, November 04, 2010
Courts - Indiana case on "Petitions to Watch" list
On SCOTUSblog's "Petitions to Watch" list for the Court's Nov. 5th conference, the Indiana case of Bill K. Wilson, Superintendent, Indiana State Prison, Petitioner v. Joseph E. Corcoran, with the issues:
Whether a state capital defendant has a constitutional right to a sentencing decision that is not informed by facts that are neither elements of his crime or aggravated circumstances authorized by statute, and, if so, whether a federal court may grant habeas relief based on its own finding that the state trial court improperly considered non-statutory factors when imposing its sentence.The blog's entry for the case, which is the very last on its list, includes links to the 7th Circuit opinion, the cert petition, etc. Here is the Supreme Court entry for No. 10-91.