Petition for Certiorari to the United
States Supreme Court requires ability
to distill complex issues, facts and
legal research into a small booklet
that must pique the interest of at
least one of the nine Justices, upon
first glance, and make it through
an acceptance vote at their Friday
conference between October and July.
Only about 100 Writs of Certiorari
are granted each year, out of over
4000 Petitions, but the effort and
expense are often worthwhile. I've
filed four such petitions on my own
behalf, since 1981, dealing with the
Federal Domestic Relations Abstention
Doctrine, Defects in Absolute Judicial
Tort Immunity, Vagueness of a State
Criminal Contempt Rule, and Unconstitutionality
of State Bar Procedures.
I've also filed two original-jurisdiction
Supreme Court Petitions for Writ of
Habeas Corpus on behalf of Elian Gonzalez,
which may have kept the pressure up
for his eventual return. I've also
filed Petitions which I wrote on a
contract basis for Pro Se litigants.
For example, one attacked the Federal
Rooker-Feldman Doctrine, by which
Federal District Courts evade hearing
cases claimed to constitute, or be
"inextricably intertwined with",
the "appeal of state court decisions".
The Doctrine was used to dismiss a
Federal Gender-Discrimination case
arising from wrongful use of Domestic
Violence "Protection from Abuse
Orders." Another Petition for
Writ of Certiorari, dealt with withdrawal
of a criminal "Alford Plea"
which was coerced by a State judge
who angrily revoked a defendant's
long-standing pretrial bail and threw
him into jail because the defendant
invoked his constitutional right to
a jury trial. The Appellant's criminal
charges arose from his disabling a
tow truck, which was illegally repossessing
his vehicle, by shooting out one of
the tow truck's tires.
Most recently, I wrote the Supreme
Court Petition for a man who had proved
via modern blood testing, that he
was not the father of a child he had
been tricked into supporting for ten
years, yet was still being forced
to pay support. Interesting cases,
all, worthy of that rarely granted
acceptance by our Supreme Court. I'm
increasingly making my living doing
this specialized and worthwhile work.
If your appeal has very recently been
denied either in your State's highest
court, or in a United States Circuit
Court of Appeals, you may be in that
rare NINETY DAY window for a U.S.
Supreme Court Petition. Original and
40 printed, bound copies of a perfected
Petition must be filed, or postmarked,
before midnight, the 90th day.
There's no leeway, and no time to
waste, getting started. Or, you may
be in a lower court, working your
way up to the opening of that window.
In either case, please see my website,
--Bob Hirschfeld, JD Legal Educator
and Strategist Experienced preparer
of U.S. Supreme Court Petitions firstname.lastname@example.org
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