Baxter v. Superintendent Coal Twp. SCI

The Third Circuit granted the appellee’s motion to publish its opinion in Baxter v. Superintendent Coal Twp. SCI. The case arose in the context of a habeas corpus petition wherein the petitioner claimed that the trial court’s reasonable doubt instruction to the jury was inaccurate and caused prejudice. The instruction provided the example that if a loved one had a life-threatening illness and the only solution was surgery, you would have moved beyond a reasonable doubt by allowing them to go forward with the surgery. The Third Circuit agreed that the instruction was problematic, but the Court held that the petitioner was not prejudiced.