Adequate and Independent State Grounds

Refers to the standard used by the [[wex:Supreme_court|Supreme Court]] to determine if it will hear a case from a state court.  The Supreme Court will hear a case from a state court only if the state court judgment turned on federal grounds.  It will refuse jurisdiction if it finds adequate and independent [[wex:nonfederal_grounds|nonfederal grounds]] to support the state decision.

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