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Texas court tosses sentence of state’s longest-serving death row inmate

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the sentence of the state’s longest-serving death row inmate.

Alabama judge is suspended from bench after she is accused of anti-death penalty predilection

A judge in Birmingham, Alabama, has been suspended with pay after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission alleged that she showed an apparent predisposition against the death penalty, ignored appellate directives, and showed a lack of appropriate demeanor to prosecutors.

Former death row inmate thanks God and his lawyers for his release after 30-plus years in prison

A former death row inmate in Florida told reporters Thursday that he thanked God and his legal team for his release from prison.

Kelley Henry is a champion for death row inmates

For ABA member Kelley Henry, advocating for people on death row isn’t just a job. She wants to help fix what she sees as a broken system, and she loves the Constitution. “I see myself as someone who is defending the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, the 14th Amendment, because if you say it’s OK to violate those rights because you just don’t like my guys, then your rights are next,” she says. “There are ways in which lawyers are part of that system of checks and balances. We’re a check on the government’s power.”

Supreme Court reinstates murder conviction, says 6th Circuit ignored ‘ample evidence’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the murder conviction of a Tennessee death-row inmate accused of killing a motel maid, ruling that a federal appeals court had relied on a “fanciful theory” to grant him a new trial.

How quickly can Biden deliver on policing reform?

President Joe Biden promised criminal justice reforms but has had to balance competing interests between progressives and moderates as he finalizes his Cabinet.

Virginia becomes the first Southern state to eliminate the death penalty

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill ending the death penalty Wednesday, making Virginia the 23rd state to eliminate capital punishment and the first Southern state to do so.

Supreme Court will consider reinstating death sentence for Boston bomber

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a federal appeals court erred when it vacated the death penalty for convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Biden DOJ outpaces Trump DOJ for reversing US position in pending Supreme Court cases

The Biden administration’s Department of Justice has changed positions in at least five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, putting it on track to outpace reversals during the first full Supreme Court term under former President Donald Trump.

Afternoon Briefs: Florida lawmaker says he’s ‘Christian, not an attorney;’ suit challenges hotel resort fees

Lawmaker says he’s ‘Christian, not an attorney’

A Florida lawmaker says he was just joking when he said told a Jewish colleague that he was a “Christian, not an attorney.”…

‘I am not the president’s lawyer’: Garland says he wouldn’t be swayed by politics as attorney general

Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit pledged Monday to remain independent and restore integrity to the U.S. Department of Justice if he is confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general.

Witness accounts of federal executions are at odds with government reports on tranquil deaths

Executioners who put 13 federal inmates to death during the Trump administration described tranquil last moments in which inmates appeared to be sleeping.

House panel considers reforms to deal with Supreme Court’s shadow docket

Lawmakers expressed concerns about the U.S. Supreme Court’s shadow docket of emergency opinions during a hearing Thursday by a House judiciary subcommittee.

Afternoon Briefs: 11 ex-capital inmates added to innocence list; lawyer finds historic photo in attic

11 former death-row inmates are added to group’s innocence list

The Death Penalty Information Center has added 11 former inmates to its list of people who were exonerated after an…

What can Texas tell us about the rise and fall of the death penalty?

In Let The Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty, Maurice Chammah shares how Texas became the country’s capital punishment capital.

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