Estelle v. Jurek - 450 U.S. 1014 (1981)
U.S. Supreme Court
Estelle v. Jurek, 450 U.S. 1014 (1981)
Estelle v. Jurek
March 23, 1981
Rehearing Denied May 18, 1981
450 U.S. 1014
ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES
COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
The motion of respondent for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is granted. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.
JUSTICE REHNQUIST, dissenting.
In light of the facts of this case and the legal issues it presents, it is inexplicable to me why this Court fails to grant the petition for certiorari and give the case plenary consideration. Against the backdrop of a death sentence, this case involves the voluntariness of a series of confessions, the proper standard of review of state and federal lower court determinations of "voluntariness" in a habeas corpus proceeding, and the applicability of the harmless error doctrine. To be sure, the issues presented are difficult. But that is
surely no reason for this Court to avoid its responsibility of resolving a case as important to the integrity of our judicial system as this.