Here (subscription required) is an short piece from last week by Marcia Coyle at the National Law Journal about military cert. petitioners possible becoming second class petitioners–our fearless leader is quoted. Here is one excerpt that is interesting/amusing on many levels:
The Supreme Court has not granted full review to a convicted service member’s petition for a writ of certiorari in 14 years. Have they become second-class petitioners?
Not necessarily, said retired Col. Dwight Sullivan, a judge advocate in the Marine Corps Reserve, who keeps a close watch on the data. But the numbers are curious.
. . . The justices have granted full review in nine cases, and granted, vacated and remanded in five others, he added.
“The best predictor by far of whether review will be granted is whether the solicitor general is seeking cert,” said Sullivan. “The solicitor general has sought cert only three times, and it was granted in all three.”