In a pair of en banc arguments on Wednesday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will tackle questions that could have a broad impact on how appellate courts review criminal sentences and on the scope of the federal courts' powers in granting relief in habeas corpus petitions. Criminal defense lawyers will be watching both cases, not only for their direct impacts, but for how the 3rd Circuit's newer judges vote.
En Banc 3rd Circuit to Hear Key Criminal Appeals
The Legal Intelligencer
November 18, 2008