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Texas judge says death penalty unconstitutional

A Texas judge in the county that sends more inmates to death row than any other in the nation is apparently taking a stand. Saying he could assume that innocent people have been executed, state District Judge Kevin Fine ruled in a pre-trial motion in a capital murder case on Thursday that the death penalty was unconstitutional and found himself on Friday facing a torrent of criticism from a string of high-profile Texans including Gov. Rick Perry.

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DEATH PENALTY

A Court of Appeals did not carefully review facts about juror and judicial impropriety in considering constitutional claims by a man sentenced to death. U.S. Supreme Court. Wellons v. Hall, No. 09-5731. Jan. 19, 2010. Lawyers USA No. 993-1702.

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HABEAS CORPUS

Did the 6th Circuit contravene the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 by improperly extending Mills v. Maryland? U.S. Supreme Court. Smith v. Spisak, No. 08-724. Certiorari granted Feb. 23, 2009. Ruling below: 465 F.3d 684 (6th Cir. ...

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RIGHT TO COUNSEL

Do prisoners sentenced under state law have the right to federally-appointed and funded legal counsel to pursue clemency actions under the Terrorist Death Penalty Enhancement Act of 2005? U.S. Supreme Court. Harbison v. Bell, No. 07-8521. Certiorari granted June 23, 2008. Ruling below: 503 F.3d 566 (6th Cir. 2007).

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