Brief filed: 04/15/2019
Walker v. United States
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 18-8125
Decision below 900 F.3d 1012 (8th Cir. Aug. 20, 2018)
The question that has divided the circuits is of critical importance to thousands of federal prisoners. The decision below gravely misreads the federal post-conviction relief statute. The Eighth Circuit’s rule contradicts the plain text of § 2244. The Eighth Circuit’s rule leads to arbitrary results. The severity of the consequences to petitioner and many others similarly situated – and the disutility of their sentences to society – underline the urgency of granting review.
Brian P. Goldman, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, San Francisco, CA; Benjamin F. Aiken, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, DC; Mary Price, FAMM, Washington, DC; Jeffrey T. Green, NACDL, Washington, DC.