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At this point, the defendant, again called the ‘petitioner,” may file a petition for a writ ofcertiorari in the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., asking the Court toreview the case and arguing that the decision of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals isincorrect.

• The State, represented by the Attorney General’s Capital Litigation Division, files a brief in opposition to the defendant’s brief arguing that the Eleventh Circuit’s decision is correct and that there is no reason for the United States Supreme Court to review the case.

• In most cases, the United States Supreme Court denies the petition for a writ of certiorari with a short written order.
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