Tag Archives: Habeas Corpus

Pro Se Litigants in the Sixth Circuit: A Year-End Analysis

During the twelve-month period ending September 30, 2013, litigants commenced 5,137 cases in the Sixth Circuit. Of these, 2,671 were pro se. However, a search of Sixth Circuit appellate decisions involving pro se appeals reveals just a fraction of these cases result in an opinion from the Court (as opposed to a summary order or … Continue Reading

Another Habeas Reversal For The Sixth Circuit

The Supreme Court has reversed another habeas case from the Sixth Circuit, holding that mentally ill prisoners do not have a statutory right to stay their habeas petitions while incompetent.  See Tibbals v. Carter (No. 11-218).  Justice Thomas’ opinion, however, still allows district court to issue discretionary stays while a prisoner regains competence.  Though it … Continue Reading

Cert Petition from Sixth Circuit Featured on SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog’s “Petition of the Day” for February 14 is Stoval v. Miller, No. 10-851, which seeks review of the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Miller v. Stovall, 608 F.3d 913 (6th Cir. 2010).  The questions presented are: (1) whether the Sixth Circuit erred in concluding that “established law” for purposes of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death … Continue Reading