How did this case reach the California Supreme Court or United States Supreme Court?

How did this case reach the California Supreme Court or United States Supreme Court? California Supreme Court (accepts about 100 cases for review each year)

  1. Automatic Appeal – all death sentenced cases
  2. Petitions for Review – from a judgement of the Court of Appeal – every convicted offender has, as a matter of law, the right appeal his/her conviction to his/her proper court of appeal. If conviction affirmed, may appeal to the California Supreme Court
  3. Petitions for a writ of “prohibition” or “mandamus”
  4. Writ of Habeas Corpus – a petition for the custodian (sheriff – county jail; warden or head of prison system – prison) to “produce the body” – bring the prisoner before a judge – & to justify the continuing incarceration of the petitioner (prisoner) – can be filed at any level of court but encouraged to file at the trial court – superior court.

 

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United States Supreme Court (accepts fewer than 100 cases for review each year)

  1. Automatic Appeal – all death sentenced cases affirmed by state supreme courts
  2. Writ of Certiorari – “Rule of Four” – normally filed from a judgement of the United States Court of Appeals or from a state supreme court – the most popular way of appealing cases to the Court – only takes 4 justices to accept a case for
  3. Petition for a writ of “mandamus”
  4. Writ of Habeas Corpus – e.g. from a denial of habeas corpus by a Court of Appeals.

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