Coleman v. Balkcom
451 U.S. 949

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Coleman v. Balkcom, 451 U.S. 949 (1981)

Coleman v. Balkcom

No. 80-5980

April 27, 1981

Rehearing Denied June 15, 1981

451 U.S. 949

ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO

THE SUPERIOR COURT OF TATTNALL COUNTY, GEORGIA

The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

JUSTICE STEVENS, concurring.

The Court's management of its discretionary docket is a subject that merits reexamination from time to time in the light of changes that affect the business of the federal judiciary. See, e.g., Watt v. Alaska,451 U. S. 259, 451 U. S. 273 (STEVENS, J., concurring), and Singleton v. Commissioner,439 U. S. 940, 439 U. S. 942-946 (opinion of STEVENS, J.). Opinions dissenting from the denial of certiorari sometimes create the impression that we review fewer cases than we should; I hold the opposite view. Today JUSTICE REHNQUIST advances the proposition, as I understand his dissenting opinion, that we should promptly grant certiorari and decide the merits of every capital case coming from the state courts in order to expedite the administration of the death penalty.

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