Federal Public Defender Sean Kennedy Argues Before the U.S. Supreme Court
On November 10, 2010, Sean Kennedy, Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California, argued before the United States Supreme Court in the California death penalty appeal of our client, Scott Pinholster. The legal issue at question: Can new evidence be used in federal court to upset an old and long-settled state court conviction? Mr. Kennedy argued it would be unfair and illogical to bar federal judges from ever considering powerful evidence that was overlooked or ignored in the state courts.
Click here for photos of Mr. Pinholster’s legal team’s visit to the U.S. Supreme court.