State’s solicitor general to argue before Supreme Court

Colorado Solicitor General Dan Domenico will argue his first case before the United States Supreme Court Monday.

The case, Wood v. Wilvard, concerns whether or not a federal appellate court can raise the timeliness of a convicted felon’s habeas corpus petition, even if the issue was not decided at the district court level. The state will argue that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals did not err when it raised the habeas corpus issue.

It’s the second time since 2008 that a member of the office of the attorney general argued before the Supreme Court. Attorney General John Suthers appeared before the court in 2008, to argue in a Kansas v. Colorado water litigation case. The Court unanimously ruled for Colorado in that case.

Colorado is also a plaintiff in the Florida v. The U.S. Department of Health and Human services, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court March 26, 27,28. The case involves the constitutionality of the individual mandate and expansion of Medicaid by the Affordable Care Act.