This week, SCOTUSBlog has the story of another US Supreme Court bench slapping of the
From the New York Times report you would think the dissenters objected on grammatical or perhaps laundry-related grounds. "In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts said the Martinez decision had announced a 'crisp limit.' 'But today,' he added, 'the court takes all the starch out of its rule with an assortment of adjectives, adverbs and modifying clauses.' Chief Justice Roberts had voted with the majority in Martinez, as had Justice Alito, who joined the chief justice’s dissent Tuesday."
The SCOTUS majority essentially accused the
CORRECTION: In the comments, Rob Owen, who has forgotten more about death penalty litigation than I will ever know, pointed out that the Supreme Court was technically rebuffing the Fifth Circuit for approving Texas' system, so it was them receiving the bench slap, not the CCA. Grits regrets the error. The decision, however, does indict the Texas system specifically and singularly and will require the CCA to alter its methods for handling ineffective assistance claims in some fashion..