No. 96-5658.

520 U.S. 518 (1997)

117 S.Ct. 1517

137 L.Ed.2d 771


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 12, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Matthew C. Lawry, by appointment of the Court, 519 U.S. 1005, argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Mark Evan Olive.

Carol M. Dittmar, Assistant Attorney General of Florida, argued the cause for respondent. With her on the brief was Robert A. Butterworth, Attorney General.*

Scalia, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and Kennedy, Souter, and Thomas, JJ., joined. Stevens, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Ginsburg and Breyer, JJ., joined, p. 540. O'Connor, J., filed a dissenting opinion, p. 546.

Justice Scalia, delivered the opinion of the Court.

We granted certiorari in this case to consider whether a prisoner whose conviction became final before our decision in Espinosa v. Florida, 505 U.S. 1079 (1992) (per curiam), is foreclosed from relying on that decision in a federal habeas corpus proceeding because it announced a "new rule" as defined in Teague v. Lane, 489 U.S. 288...

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