The Supreme Court issued two decisions, holding that:
• The Sixth Circuit improperly granted habeas relief by failing to apply the deferential standard of review required by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Parker v. Matthews, (No. 11-845). Read more.
• The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 mandates that an employee challenging his removal from a civil service position must pursue his claim before the Merit Systems Protection Board, with judicial review in the Federal Circuit, even if the basis for the employee's claim is that the statute under which he was removed is facially unconstitutional. Elgin v. Dep't of the Treasury, (No. 11-45). Read more.