Death Penalty

1149 ABA Journal Death Penalty articles.

Amy Coney Barrett signed 2006 ad calling for end to ‘barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade’
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is under fire after disclosure of a 2006 ad she signed opposing “abortion on demand” and calling for an end to “the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade.”
Afternoon Briefs: 4th Circuit rules for transgender youth; tribe objects to execution

4th Circuit rules for transgender youth on bathroom policy

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia, has ruled for former high school student Gavin Grimm, a…

ABC’s ‘The Last Defense,’ Monday morning quarterbacks and the practice of law
Every attorney has faced the proverbial Monday morning quarterback at some point. If you’ve never heard the term before, it usually indicates a person who critiques an event, situation or decision after the fact.
Afternoon Briefs: New law raises stakes for protesters; ‘Law Tigers’ sues over ‘TigerLaw’ nickname

New state camping law raises stakes for protesters

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill that makes it a felony punishable by up to six years in prison to…

Another ‘shadow docket’ decision? SCOTUS once again blocks relaxed election procedures
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an injunction that would have made it easier to place a measure on the ballot seeking to reform Oregon’s redistricting process.
Convicted of a crime that never occurred? It happens all too often, law prof says
We are used to hearing about wrongful convictions in which a murderer walked free because an innocent person was misidentified. But when Jessica S. Henry, a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey, was researching material for her course on wrongful convictions, she discovered that in one-third of all known exonerations, the conviction was wrongful because there had not even been a crime.
Execution rate is 17 times greater for killers of white rather than Black victims, study says
Killers of white people are executed at a rate 17 times greater than killers of Black victims, according to a new study building on the work of a law professor who analyzed racial disparities in the Georgia death penalty.
Afternoon Briefs: Boston Marathon bomber wins death penalty appeal; what’s in the GOP coronavirus bill?

Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court…

Afternoon Briefs: TRO to stop court reopening is denied; third federal inmate is executed

Judge rejects TRO in suit to stop court reopening

U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter Jr. refused to issue on Friday a temporary restraining order preventing in-court appearances in nonemergency criminal…

Second federal execution since 2003 is carried out after Supreme Court lifts injunctions

Federal inmate Wesley Ira Purkey was executed Thursday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted two injunctions issued by a judge who cited competency issues.

US conducts first federal execution since 2003 after Supreme Court vacates injunction
Federal inmate Daniel Lewis Lee died by lethal injection on Tuesday morning in the first federal execution since 2003.
Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to new federal death penalty procedure
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the federal government’s new lethal injection procedure.
SCOTUS stays execution of inmate seeking chaplain in death chamber
The U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution Tuesday of a Catholic inmate in Texas who is seeking a chaplain in the death chamber.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump signs policing order; rogue worker tweets from court’s Twitter account

Trump signs executive order encouraging chokehold limits

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that encourages better policing practices. The order allocates discretionary grants to police departments that seek…

Defense lawyer who didn’t probe death-row client’s bad childhood was deficient, SCOTUS says
A defense lawyer who failed to investigate his capital client’s tumultuous childhood provided ineffective assistance of counsel, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday.

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