Donnie E. Johnson v. Wayne Carpenter, Warden Amicus Brief

Donnie Johnson brought a petition for habeas relief, seeking to overturn his death sentence. After the district court denied his petition, the Supreme Court decided Martinez v. Ryan, 132 S. Ct. 1309 (2012), and Trevino v. Thaler, 133 S. Ct. 1911 (2013), which raised the possibility that Johnson could be entitled to habeas relief. Johnson moved the district for relief from its prior judgment under Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 60(b), but the Sixth Circuit applied a categorical rule that 60(b) relief is not available for prisoners whose habeas petitions were incorrectly decided before Martinez. Goodwin represented the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in urging the Supreme Court to grant certiorari.

Donnie E. Johnson v. Wayne Carpenter, Warden Amicus Brief

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