FINDLAW:Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 01/07/08

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, HABEAS CORPUS, PER CURIAM

Arave v. Hoffman, No. 07-110In habeas corpus proceedings brought by an individual convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, a circuit court judgment granting habeas relief on a claim that he received ineffective assistance during plea negotiations is vacated as petitioner now abandoned the claim, and it was moot. Read more…

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, HABEAS CORPUS, PER CURIAM

Wright v. Van Patten, No. 07-212Grant of habeas relief from a conviction and sentence for first-degree reckless homicide is reversed where, contrary to the ruling below, no clearly established law contrary to the state court’s conclusion justified collateral relief with regard to a claim that petitioner received ineffective assistance of counsel due to his participation in a plea hearing by speaker phone. Read more…

Law.com – N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State Judges

Law.com – N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State Judges

 

N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State JudgesJoel StashenkoNew York Law JournalJanuary 7, 2008

A new judicial pay raise proposal offered Thursday by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye of the State of New York Court of Appeals would surrender some ground on retroactivity while tying future increases to salaries and cost-of-living adjustments given to federal judges.

The legislation would provide for retroactive raises for state judges to Jan. 1, 2007. Previous proposals by the chief judge, most recently in the judiciary budget plan for the 2008-09 fiscal year, provided for retroactivity to April 1, 2005 — a time frame that was seen as an increasingly hard sell in Albany, N.Y., as the delay over passage of a judicial pay bill has dragged on.

In a cover letter accompanying the proposed bill, Kaye did ask that the Legislature at least consider the April 1, 2005, retroactivity date.

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