Death Penalty

1129 ABA Journal Death Penalty articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Reform group backs cost metric in law school rankings; California suspends jury trials

US News’ ranking methodology is the cheese for law school rat race, report says

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings rely on categories including law school…

Traditional insanity defense isn’t constitutionally required, SCOTUS rules
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the due process clause doesn’t require states to offer a traditional insanity defense based on a defendant’s inability to distinguish right from wrong.
Execution halted after lawyer argues it could spread coronavirus
The highest criminal appeals court in Texas delayed the execution of a Texas inmate on Monday after his lawyer argued that gathering so many people could create a risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS splits over immigrant’s fight against ID theft conviction; first black justice on top Illinois court dies

SCOTUS splits over undocumented immigrant’s fight against state identify theft conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday against Ramiro Garcia, an unauthorized immigrant in Kansas who was convicted…

ABA urges top state court to consider death penalty policy, constitutional challenges in drug records case
The ABA filed an amicus brief with the Idaho Supreme Court on Friday that urges justices to consider the association’s position on issues related to public records about the lethal injection drugs used in death penalty cases.
ABA brief criticizes trend in which courts fail to consider prevailing norms in ineffective assistance cases
The ABA has filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that courts must look to “prevailing professional norms” when assessing lawyers’ performance in ineffective assistance cases.
Afternoon Briefs: Sotomayor sees ‘pall of uncertainty’ in capital case; judge backs park proselytizing

Death-row inmate’s conviction has ‘pall of uncertainty,’ Sotomayor says

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed concern on Monday about a “pall of uncertainty” over the conviction of Texas death-row inmate Rodney Reed.

Some Tennessee death-row inmates opt for electric chair over lethal injections
A Tennessee inmate scheduled for execution Thursday evening has chosen the electric chair over lethal injection.
Oklahoma will resume executions after 5-year moratorium
Oklahoma plans to resume lethal injections following a five-year moratorium spurred by botched executions.
Afternoon Briefs: AG Barr will consider Giuliani’s Ukraine evidence; Trump praises drug dealer death penalty

AG Barr will consider Giuliani evidence from Ukraine

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday he will consider information from Ukraine provided by lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Barr cautioned that there…

This state appears likely to abolish the death penalty after Senate vote
The Colorado Senate on Friday passed a bill to repeal the death penalty, sending the measure to the House where it is expected to win approval.
Overturning 2016 precedent, Florida top court says jury unanimity not needed for death penalty
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 2016 decision and ruled that judges may impose the death penalty even when jurors do not unanimously recommend it.
Use of death penalty remains ‘near historic lows,’ while public support wanes
The federal effort to resume executions stands in stark contrast to a state trend away from capital punishment, according to a year-end report by the Death Penalty Information Center.
SCOTUS refuses to interfere with temporary halt to federal executions
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to lift a preliminary injunction blocking four federal executions during a review of the lethal injection procedure adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Meet Paul Skalnik, one of the most prolific jailhouse informants in American history
Paul Skalnik learned about the benefits of being a jailhouse informant when he was in the Harris County Jail in Texas in 1978 for passing bad checks.

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