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Lacaze v. Louisiana, No. 16-1125 (U.S. Supreme Court)

We filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on behalf of Louisiana death-row inmate Rogers Lacaze, challenging his conviction based on serious issues of juror misconduct and judicial bias.  Our brief laid out the split among the circuit courts and state courts of highest resort on these issues and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review of Mr. Lacaze’s case. On October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court granted our petition for certiorari, summarily vacated the decision of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and remanded the case for further proceedings.

Click here to read the petition for certiorari.
Click here to read the State's opposition.
Click here to read the reply.

Several organizations filed amici curiae briefs emphasizing the importance of the issues raised in Mr. Lacaze’s petition. To read the amicus brief filed on behalf of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and criminal defense associations of 27 other states and D.C., click here.  To read the amicus brief filed by the National Jury Project, click here.  To read the amicus brief filed by the Ethics Bureau at Yale, click here.