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Updated - June 28, 2018

Trump v. State of Hawaii (Amicus Brief)

Muslim Ban
At every stage in the litigation against that ban (which the President had often characterized as the “Muslim Ban”) the MacArthur Justice Center ensured that judges had before them a full record of President Trump’s hatred of people of the Muslim faith, his open desire to curtail their rights, and his specific, sustained promise to inhibit their entry to the United States.

Filed - March 26, 2018

Updated - June 18, 2018

Garza v. Idaho (U.S. Supreme Court)

Access to Courts
The U.S. Supreme Court has long urged that “[t]he need for forceful advocacy does not come to an abrupt halt as the legal proceeding moves from the trial to appellate stage.” Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 85 (1988).  This case concerns one of the clearest instances in which a client has been abandoned by his...

Filed - January 23, 2018

Updated - May 22, 2018

Williams v. Louisiana (U.S. Supreme Court)

Wrongful Conviction
Corey Williams was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder as an intellectually disabled 16-year old child, and spent 20 years in Louisiana prison for a crime that he did not commit. We represented Mr. Williams in a petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court and obtained his immediate release from prison through a settlement with the State of Louisiana.

Filed - March 2, 2018

Updated - January 24, 2018

Lacaze v. Louisiana (U.S. Supreme Court)

Wrongful Conviction
The MacArthur Justice Center 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...
Updated - October 18, 2017

Georgia Department of Corrections v. Jordan and Chase

Death Penalty
Georgia has executed 17 prisoners with a pentobarbital-only protocol since Jordan v. Hall was filed in April 2015. In the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, we served a subpoena for documents and testimony on the Georgia Department of Corrections. The Georgia DOC moved to quash the subpoena, arguing that its execution secrecy statute...

Filed - June 14, 2016

Kisela v. Hughes (U.S. Supreme Court)

A police corporal shot Amy Hughes while Ms. Hughes stood in her front yard. There was evidence in the case that at the moment the corporal shot Ms. Hughes, she was standing stationary in her yard, five to six feet away from her friend, that the two women were conversing, and that Hughes appeared calm...

Filed - December 4, 2017

Woodson v. McCollum (Tenth Circuit)

Access to Courts
Woodson v. McCollum concluded in an important ruling that paves the way for greater access to courts by prisoners who have been the victim of unlawful conduct. The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) is the 1996 federal law, which governs how an individual in prison can bring forth constitutional violations within the federal court system....