(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

wrong (re Supreme Court predictions)
It is healthy to admit error. So, while noting that I was correct in my essentially random prediction on the Keffeler case, decided today (about social security benefits for kids in foster care -- see opinion here), I was wrong in my too-cynical prediction about Miller-El v. Cockrell. Though the decision is not a blockbuster (it won't get Miller-El a new trial, but instead only tells the Fifth Circuit that they must hear his appeal from the denial of habeas corpus relief, and tells them that the appeal has at least arguable merit), it is a near-unanimous victory for a criminal defendant, who contends that the prosecutors intentionally (and therefore unlawfully) struck black people from his jury.

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