The state's letter to the Court regarding both cases is here.The Questions Presented are here:
(QP in 11284, QP in 11287)
The cert. petitions, briefs in opposition, and reply briefs in these cases can now be found here at Supreme Court Times (thanks to Ross Runkel for sending along the information).
Abdul-Kabir v . Quarterman (05-11284, denial of rehearing, panel opinion) and Brewer v. Quarterman (05-11287, denial of rehearing, panel opinion).
[involves another test of whether Texas juries have an adequate opportunity, in capital cases, to consider mitigating factors when deciding whether to impose a death sentence... lawyers say the Fifth Circuit Court has consistently failed to follow Supreme Court precedent on the mitigation issue.]
Hat tip to Lyle over at SCOTUSblog.
Duenas Alvarez, 549 U.S. ___ (2007) (syllabus) was Wednesday's SCT opinion. (HT SCOTUSblog)
Here is my earlier post on Smith:
Smith v. Texas Transcript (took much too long):