Just in time for today's conference, I am going to link to SCOTUSblog's recent relist post discussing the cases that were relisted after last week's long conference. And consistent with the overall theme of this Court's term, it is very habeas heavy.
A couple of the relists were cases that were on that site's Petitions to watch: Bobby v. Dixon and Cash v. Maxwell.
Another relisted case is Buck v. Thaler. That's the capital case in which the Court recently granted a stay. I have previously stated that I can't see the Court granting cert. in that case. I'd be happy to be wrong about that.
Then there are Adams v. Thaler and Rocha v. Thaler, both of which seem to concern the independent and adequate state law ground doctrine. I guess there still is a little bit left there for the Supreme Court to chip away at.
Then there are two habeas grants, Ryan v. Doody and Harvey v. Cross, where the State was arguing that the Circuit Courts weren't deferential enough to the state courts. It supports my prior claim that "it's safe to say that there are certain members of the Court who think that any habeas grant under the AEDPA . . . is questionable."
In a prior post, I had previously covered the petitions to watch for the long conference. One petition that was relisted, but not mentioned in the SCOTUSblog post was Cavazos v. Smith. That one's been relisted many, many times (nine to be exact). So I am guessing it was just an oversight. It's still on their petitions to watch page.
And a GVR was granted in one of the cases, Allison v. Diaz, in light of Richter. That's obviously bad news for the habeas petitioner.
I must have misread the SCOTUSblog petitions to watch page and thought that every petition that they were watching was going to be submitted to the long conference. That turns out not to have been the case. But unlike before, that page of petitions is now broken up into conferences. Which means that many of the cases I mentioned before actually are going to different conferences.
For today's conference, in addition to the relisted cases mentioned above, these petitions to watch will be considered: Harrison v. Gillespie and Wetzel v. Abu-Jamal.
[Edit - there were a couple extra words at the end here that should have been deleted before the original post was posted]