Appeals of the 1977 Convictions

U.S. v Peltier - No. 77-1487 - 8th Circuit 585 F.2d 314
Filed: 14 October 1977
Decided: 14 September 1978 (Modified 27 October 1978)
Convictions Affirmed

Peltier v. U.S. - No. 78-893 - U.S. Supreme Court 440 U.S. 945
Decided: 05 March 1979
Writ for Certiorari Denied

U.S. v Peltier - D. North Dakota, SE Division 553 F.Supp. 886
Filed: 15 December 1982
Decided: 29 December 1982
Motion to Disqualify Judge Benson from Hearing Appeal Denied

U.S. v Peltier - No. C77-3003 - D. North Dakota, SE Division 553 F.Supp. 890
Filed: 20 April 1982
Decided: 30 December 1982 (Amended 03 January 1983)
Motion to Vacate Judgment and for a New Trial Denied Without Evidentiary Hearing

U.S. v Peltier - No. 83-1056 - 8th Circuit 731 F2d 550
Filed: 13 September 1983
Decided: 04 April 1984
Case Remanded to District Court for Evidentiary Hearing (Judge Benson, D. North Dakota, SE Division, 1984)

U.S. v Peltier - D. North Dakota, SE Division 609 F.Supp. 1143
Decided 22 May 1985
On Remand, and After Evidentiary Hearing, Motion to Vacate Judgment and for a New Trial Denied

U.S. v Peltier - No. 85-5192 - 8th Circuit 800 F.2d 772
Filed: 15 October 1985
Decided: 11 September 1986
Motion to Vacate Judgment and for a New Trial Denied

Peltier v U.S. - No. 86-1900 - U.S. Supreme Court 484 U.S. 822
Decided: 05 October 1987
Writ for Certiorari Denied (The justices, without comment, rejected arguments that Peltier was denied a fair trial.)

Peltier v. Henman - No. 90-3528 - R D. Kansas Not Published
Filed 03 December 1990
Decided: 12 February 1991
Habeas transferred to District Court in North Dakota

Peltier v. Henman - No. 92.1129 - 8th Circuit 997 F.2d 461
Filed: 09 November 1992
Decided: 07 July 1993
Motion to Set Aside Conviction (28 USC 2255) Denied

In Re Leonard Peltier - No. 94-9791 - U.S. Supreme Court 515 U.S. 1188
Decided: 20 September 1995
Writ of Habeas Corpus Denied (The justices, without comment, rejected arguments that Peltier was denied a fair trial.)

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