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Case: Danforth, Stephen v. Minnesota
Subject(s): constitutional criminal procedure, retroactivity, federalism, Teague v. Lane, evidence, testimony, Sixth Amendment, Confrontation Clause, videotaped testimony
Appealed from: Minnesota Supreme Court (July 27, 2006)

Docket No: 06-8273
Decision Rendered: No
Decision: None

Question(s) presented: Whether states may apply its pro-criminal cases retroactively in post-conviction appeals even if the Court holds that federal courts may apply them only prospectively.

Holding of appellate court: The Minnesota Supreme Court rejected Danforth's arguments, ruling that only U.S. Supreme Court decisions determine the proper standard for retroactive application of constitutional criminal procedure.

Date of Oral Arguments Your Prediction Your Prediction by Justice Update
Affirm Reverse Vacate Justice Affirm Reverse Vacate
Oct 31, 2007 Alito
Breyer
Ginsburg
Kennedy
Roberts
Scalia
Souter
Stevens
Thomas