STATE BY STATE COMPARISON
State
% Reversed/ Direct Appeal
Post-Conviction*
Federal Habeas
Number of Attorneys
National 41 9 40 68
Wyoming 67 33 50**  89
Mississippi  61 20 71 91
North Carolina  61 10 18 71
Alabama  55 45 77
South Carolina 54  18 14  67
Maryland  53  52  100**  100
Kentucky  50 100**  100
Florida  49 17  37 73
Oklahoma 48  2 50  75
Louisiana 46  7 27 64
Washington 45 unknown  33** unknown
Arizona  42  10 60  79
Montana  42  9 75  87
Idaho 41  5 67** 82
Arkansas  40  4 48  70
Illinois  39  40  66
Georgia  35 12 65  80
Utah 35  23 33** 67
Indiana  32  25  50  75
California 31 80  87
Texas 31 6 26 52
Nevada 30  8 50 68
Nebraska 29 13 43 65
Tennessee 29  17 100**  100
Pennsylvania 28 1 40 57
Delaware  26 unknown 0**  unknown
Missouri  17 4 15 32
Virginia 10 6 18
* Because state post-conviction data are incomplete, these figures are in most cases lower than the actual figure.
** States with three or fewer federal habeas cases 
Circuit Breakdown of Reversals
on Federal Habeas Review
Circuit
State
% Capital Judgments
Reversed on Habeas
4th Circuit    
  Maryland  100
  North Carolina 18
  South Carolina  14
  Virginia  6
5th Circuit    
  Mississippi 71
  Louisiana  27
  Texas  26
8th Circuit    
  Arkansas 48
  Nebraska 43
  Missouri  15
11th Circuit    
  Georgia 65
  Alabama  45
  Florida 37
9th Circuit    
  Arizona  60
  California  80
  Idaho 67
  Montana 75
  Nevada  50
  Washington 33
7th Circuit    
  Illinois  40
  Indiana  50
3rd Circuit    
  Delaware  0
  Pennsylvania  40

 
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