Bloomberg Law
Nov. 8, 2021, 9:46 AM

Lawyer Takes Rare Case on Religion, Executions to U.S. Top Court

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

Seth Kretzer achieved a doubly rare feat when he convinced the U.S. Supreme Court not only to halt his client’s execution but also to grant full briefing and oral argument.

The catch is that the court set the argument for less than two months after granting the September stay, expediting the appeal and prompting an unexpected trip to Washington for the Houston solo practitioner, who’ll argue for death-row prisoner John Ramirez on Tuesday.

The court surprised Kretzer again late last month when it delayed the argument by a week, to make way for the even-more-expedited Texas abortion dispute.

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