Kent S. Scheidegger
Kent Scheidegger has been the Legal Director of the CJLF since December 1986.
He has written over 150 briefs in cases in the
United States Supreme Court. He is the Past Chairman of the Criminal
Law and Procedure Practice Group of the Federalist Society and has served on the
groupís executive committee since 1996. His articles on criminal and constitutional
law have been published in law reviews, national legal publications and
Congressional reports. His legal arguments have been cited
in the Congressional Record and incorporated in several precedent-setting U.S.
Supreme Court decisions.
After receiving a degree in physics with honors from New Mexico State University in 1976, Mr. Scheidegger served for six years in the United States Air Force as a Nuclear Research Officer.
He took his law degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1982 and practiced civil law in Northern California. He was general counsel of California Cooler, Inc. from 1984 until 1986, when he joined CJLF.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND CASES
Rebutting the Myths About Race and the Death Penalty, 10 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 147 (2012)
Habeas Corpus, Relitigation, and the Legislative Power, 98 Colum.L.Rev. 888 (1998)
Overdue Process: A Study of Federal Habeas Corpus in Capital Cases and a Proposal for Reform (1995)
A Guide to Regulating Panhandling (1993)
Rethinking Habeas Corpus (1989)
Capital Punishment in 1987: The Puzzle Nears Completion, 15 West.St.L.Rev. 95 (1987)
Teague v. Lane, 489 U.S. 288 (1989)
McCleskey v. Zant, 499 U.S. 467 (1991)
Payne v. Tennessee, 501 U.S. 808 (1991)
Tuilaepa v. California, 512 U.S. 967 (1994)
Sandin v. Conner, 515 U.S. 472 (1995)
Williams v. Taylor, 529 U.S. 362 (2000)
Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe, 538 U.S. 1 (2003)
Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343 (2003)
Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (2004)
Cullen v. Pinholster, 131 S.Ct. 1388 (2011)