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Congratulations To Jacqueline De Armas & Keisha Stanford On Their Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Win In SCOTUS!

Publication Date: 
June 28, 2010
Ms. JD

Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic is congratulated in this article on Ms. JD for their win in the case of Magwood v. Patterson:

Jacqueline de Armas, a 2010 Ms. JD Fellowship winner, and Keisha Stanford, Vice President of Ms. JD's Board of Directors, have just won their first case. And not just any case - through Stanford Law School's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Jacqueline and Keisha's first case was before the United States Supreme Court.

The clinic represented Billy Joe Magwood, a Vietnam veteran who developed schizophrenia upon returning home from his service, and who killed a local sheriff in the midst of a paranoid delusion. The State of Alabama convicted Magwood of murder and sentenced him to death. After Magwood obtained federal habeas relief from that sentence, the State obtained a new death sentence. Magwood again obtained federal habeas relief, this time on the ground that the circumstances of his crime did not render him eligible for the death penalty under Alabama law. The State appealed, and the Eleventh Circuit reinstated Magwood's death sentence on the procedural ground that Magwood could have, but did not, challenge his death eligibility during the habeas proceeding and, therefore, had defaulted the ability to do so now.