Three inmates on Arizona’s death row have sued the governor, the state corrections director and those who conduct executions, arguing that a new execution protocol violates their constitutional rights.Read More »
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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Defense counsel in a death penalty case could be deemed to have acted competently even though they decided not to pursue or present evidence of their client’s mental deficiencies, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 7-2 decision.Read More »
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. ...Read More »
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).Read More »