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McQuiggin v. Perkins

133 S. Ct. 1924 (2013)

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McQuiggin v. Perkins

United States Supreme Court

133 S. Ct. 1924 (2013)

Facts

Floyd Perkins (defendant) attended a party with Rodney Henderson and Damarr Jones. The three men left the party together. Later, Henderson was murdered and discovered on a wooded trail with stab wounds to his head. The State of Michigan charged Perkins with murder. Jones testified for the prosecution, along with two other witnesses. A jury convicted Perkins, and he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on October 27, 1993. Perkins appealed, and the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed. The conviction became final on May 5, 1997, after the Michigan Supreme Court denied Perkins leave to appeal. Perkins obtained three affidavits supporting his innocence in July 2002. On June 13, 2008, Perkins filed a federal habeas corpus petition, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel and actual innocence. The trial court determined that the statute of limitations of one year for habeas corpus petitions barred Perkins’s petition. Perkins appealed, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed. The Sixth Circuit held that actual innocence claims were not subject to the one-year statute of limitations. The state petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ginsburg, J.)

Dissent (Scalia, J.)

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