Tibbals v. Carter and Ryan v. Gonzales - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 10-12-12 featuring Ron Eisenberg

October 12, 2012

Ronald Eisenberg

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Tibbals v. Carter and Ryan v. Gonzales  - Post-Argument SCOTUScast - MP3
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Ronald EisenbergOn October 9, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Tibbals v. Carter and Ryan v. Gonzales.  These death penalty cases consider the scope of the right to counsel in federal habeas proceedings where the convicted individual’s mental competency is at issue--whether a  federal court can put a state prisoner’s habeas claim on perpetual hold until mental competency is restored.  The specific question in Tibbals v. Carter is whether a capital prisoner possesses a “right to competence” in federal habeas proceedings under the Supreme Court’s 1966 decision in Rees v. Peyton.  The analogous question in Ryan v. Gonzales is whether a state inmate’s right to counsel in habeas proceedings (where the underlying offense was a capital offense) includes a right to a stay of habeas proceedings when the inmate is not competent to assist counsel.

To discuss the case, we have Ronald Eisenberg, who is the Deputy District Attorney for the Law Division at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

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Related Links

Tibbals v. Carter Oral Argument Transcript - October 9, 2012 (PDF)
Ryan v. Gonzales Oral Argument Transcript - October 9, 2012 (PDF)