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SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Death Penalty Case
The Supreme Court heard arguments this morning in Buck v. Davis , a death penalty case that raises important questions about racial bias in sentencing. Duane Buck was convicted of murder in Texas. At his sentencing hearing, his lawyer called an expert witness who testified that he was more likely
Supreme Court Cases to Watch
The Supreme Court begins its 2016 term on Tuesday. The eight-member Court appears to be avoiding divisive cases on which the Justices are likely to split 4-4, so the docket is heavy with intellectual property and criminal law cases (two areas in which the Justices don’t always split along
ABC / Yahoo: GOP Candidate Interview Marathon, Cain’s First Public Accuser, the Super Committee Smell Test… Since the AM Note
Set your clock. Tomorrow, a year out from election day 2012, ABC News and Yahoo will do an unprecedented coast-to-coast set of live interviews with each of the major candidates running for the Republican nomination. Each of the interviews will be streamed live on ABC...
Supreme Court Denies Appeal on Race Tainted Death Penalty Case
The U.S Supreme Court declined today to grant the appeal of a Texas death row inmate who claims race was improperly taken into consideration during the sentencing phase of his trial. Duane Buck’s guilt for the death of his former girlfriend was never at issue, but...
The Supreme Court and the Death Penalty: a Glimpse
When the Supreme Court rejected Troy Davis' request for a delay in his execution Wednesday night, there were no noted dissents attached to the one-sentence order. But that does not mean there were no justices opposed to the execution. The vote count might forever remain unknown. No member of the
Supreme Court Halts Second Texas Execution
The Supreme Court has halted another Texas execution that was scheduled for tonight. Cleve Foster was scheduled to die at 6 pm Texas time. It is the third time the US Supreme Court has stepped in and delayed Foster’s execution. His claim focuses on ineffective...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Death Penalty, Gender Equality and That Elephant Ride With Scalia
The typical 78-year-old woman who found herself having to slide down an emergency chute of an aircraft might decide to cancel her trip and head home to a hot bath. But two-time cancer survivor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not your typical woman. After the...
After Stay of Execution in Texas , Ginsburg Discusses Death Penalty, Perry ‘Respects’ Court Decision
Late Thursday night, as death row inmate and convicted murderer Duane Buck was preparing to die, the Supreme Court of the United States stepped in and halted his scheduled execution. What’s interesting about this case is that it is not about guilt or innocence. It’s about...
Texan Set for Execution Tonight, 2nd Since Debate Crowd Cheered Deaths
Barring a last minute reprieve from the Supreme Court, Duane Buck tonight will become the second Texan executed since Gov. Rick Perry received cheers for Texas’ death penalty during a Republican debate last week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. When the moderator pointed...