The Supreme Court has the power to review a state court decision, whether it is rendered in a civil or criminal case, so long as a decision has been rendered by the highest court of the state in which a decision could be had.[i] The Supreme Court can review a proceeding brought from the highest court of the state, whether the nature of the proceeding in that court has been appellate or original.[ii] Moreover, the Supreme Court can review state court decisions in proceedings for mandamus and habeas corpus.[iii] Even though an order issuing a writ of supervisory control has been technically issued in an original proceeding in the state supreme court, the United States Supreme Court may take an appeal from the order.[iv]
[i] Nashville, C. & St. L. Ry. v. Wallace, 288 U.S. 249, 53 S. Ct. 345, 77 L. Ed. 730.
[ii] Fisher v. District Court of Sixteenth Judicial Dist. of Montana, in and for Rosebud County, 424 U.S. 382, 96 S. Ct. 943, 47 L. Ed. 2d 106 (1976).
[iii] Herndon v. Lowry, 301 U.S. 242, 57 S. Ct. 732, 81 L. Ed. 1066 (1937).
[iv] Fisher v. District Court of Sixteenth Judicial Dist. of Montana, in and for Rosebud County, 424 U.S. 382, 96 S. Ct. 943, 47 L. Ed. 2d 106 (1976).