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Petition GRANTED. Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED for further consideration in light of Montgomery v. Louisiana, 577 U. S. ___ (2016). Justice Thomas, with whom Justice Alito joins, concurring in the decision to grant, vacate, and remand in this case: The Court has held the petition in this and many other cases pending the decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, 577 U. S. ___ (2016). In holding this petition and now vacating and remanding the judgment below, the Court has not assessed whether petitioner�s asserted entitlement to retroactive relief �is properly presented in the case.� Id., at ___ (slip op., at 13). On remand, courts should understand that the Court�s disposition of this petition does not reflect any view regarding petitioner�s entitlement to relief. The Court�s disposition does not, for example, address whether an adequate and independent state ground bars relief, whether petitioner forfeited or waived any entitlement to relief (by, for example, entering into a plea agreement waiving a...
Reply of petitioner Donte Lamar Jones filed.
Brief of respondent Virginia in opposition filed.
Brief amici curiae of Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, and American Probation and Parole Association filed.
Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 10, 2015.
Response Requested . (Due June 5, 2015)
Waiver of right of respondent Virginia to respond filed.
Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 18, 2015)
Donte Lamar Jones, Petitioner, represented by Duke Kimbrough McCall III.
Virginia, Respondent, represented by Trevor Stephen Cox
Virginia, Respondent, represented by Stuart A. Raphael
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, and American Probation and Parole Association, Amicus Curiae, represented by Kristina Marie Williams