Wednesday, April 06, 2005

New case for the Supremes? Occasionally, I will point out a Second Circuit case that I think might be picked up by the Supremes. The case of Abdul-Malik v. Hawk-Sawyer might be such a case, although procedurally it might not make the cut (if certiorari is even sought). The appeal was dismissed by the Second Circuit on the ground that it was meritless. But that's only Second Circuit precedent. The Court noted that there is a sharp dispute among the circuits and suggested congressional attention.

The question is how to treat prisoners sentenced first in federal and then in state court, and the phenomenon (in some circuits) that neither the state nor the federal court can run those sentences concurrently.

The decision can be found here.

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