Turner v. Baker

(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that a Nevada inmate did not need authorization to file a second federal habeas petition because this was his first petition challenging the amended judgment. Transferred the petition to the district court with instructions to consider it as a first habeas petition.

Maier v. Smith

(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of an inmate’s petition for habeas corpus relief from his conviction under Wisconsin’s stalking statute. The conviction was for sending threatening letters to members of a jury that had convicted him in an earlier prosecution.

In re Thomas

(California Court of Appeal) – Denied an inmate’s petition for habeas corpus challenging his conviction of active participation in a criminal street gang. He contended that a gang expert’s testimony violated the confrontation clause. Held that People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665 is not retroactive.

Lane v. Salazar

(United States Ninth Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of a federal inmate’s three habeas corpus petitions challenging the revocation of good time credits as punishment for sending threatening letters from prison. (The inmate filed habeas petitions in two different federal districts. This appeal was from the District of Oregon.)

Adams v. US

(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that a federal prisoner’s motion to reopen proceedings under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) was an unauthorized successive motion for habeas relief. Affirmed that the district court had no jurisdiction to consider any of his claims further.