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The federal death penalty at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of last resort for death row inmates around the country. The vast majority of death row inmates are convicted and sentenced under state death penalty laws, and so most of the capital appeals that the court reviews concern state statutes. The federal death penalty is given in a small…
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SCOTUS for law students: The Supreme Court and the death penalty

Death penalty cases have long been among the most difficult and divisive for the Supreme Court. With the possibility that federal executions may resume this year for the first time since 2003, the court’s role in these cases may grow even more complex. The Supreme Court has three primary roles in death penalty cases. First,…
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Justices allow Texas execution to go forward

Last night the Supreme Court declined to block the execution of Texas inmate Abel Revilla Ochoa, which was scheduled for yesterday. Ochoa was convicted and sentenced to death after he shot and killed his wife and two daughters, along with two other family members, in 2002. There were no recorded dissents from the ruling. Ochoa…
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Justices allow Georgia’s execution of Donnie Cleveland Lance to proceed

The Supreme Court tonight refused to block the execution of Donnie Cleveland Lance, who was sentenced to death for the 1997 murders of Sabrina “Joy” Lance and Dwight “Butch” Wood Jr. Georgia was scheduled to execute Lance at 7 p.m. EST. The post Justices allow Georgia’s execution of Donnie Cleveland Lance to proceed appeared first…
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Justices allow Texas’ execution of Travis Runnels to go forward

The Supreme Court this evening refused to block the execution of Travis Runnels, who was sentenced to death for the 2003 prison murder of Stanley Riley. Texas was scheduled to execute Runnels at 6 pm CT. The post Justices allow Texas’ execution of Travis Runnels to go forward appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Justices refuse to block execution of Lee Hall

The Supreme Court this evening refused to block the execution of Lee Hall (also known as Leroy Hall Jr.), who was sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of Traci Crozier. Tennessee plans to execute Hall by electric chair tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The post Justices refuse to block execution of Lee Hall appeared…
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Justices refuse to allow federal government to carry out executions for...

Tonight the Supreme Court turned down a request from the federal government to allow the executions of four federal inmates to go forward. The first execution, of inmate Daniel Lee, had originally been scheduled for next Monday morning, but the government urged the justices to allow the executions to proceed, even if it would mean…
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Justices refuse to block execution of Ray Jefferson Cromartie

The Supreme Court last night denied both applications (here and here) to block the execution of Ray Jefferson Cromartie, who was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Richard Slysz. Georgia was set to execute Cromartie by lethal injection at 7:00 p.m. EST yesterday, but the state was delayed over three hours while his…
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Court allows execution of South Dakota inmate to move forward

The justices refused to halt the execution of South Dakota inmate Charles Rhines, who was sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of Donnivan Schaeffer during the burglary of a donut shop in Rapid City. Rhines had been scheduled to die this afternoon, but news reports indicated that the state had postponed his execution until…
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Justices refuse to block Texas’ execution of Robert Sparks

The Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Robert Sparks, who has been sentenced to die by lethal injection in Texas for the brutal triple murder of his wife and two stepsons. There were no recorded dissents from tonight’s order, which denied both Sparks’ petition for review of the lower court’s ruling against…