I enclose a draft of a proposed Per Curiam in Allen v. Hardy, No. 85-6593, a habeas case pending here on cert to CA7. Both the District Court and CA7 rejected Allen's contention that the prosecutor's exercise of peremptory challenges violated Swain and the Sixth Amendment. In the pending petition for cert, Allen may fairly be viewed as arguing that Batson should be applied retroactively on habeas.
Powell, L.F. Memorandum to the Conference, Allen v. Hardy, 478 U.S. 255 (1986). Box 367, Harry A. Blackmun Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.