Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Supreme Court Throws Out Three Texas Death Sentences

Court cites improper instruction to the juries in tossing out the death sentences of three men on death row in Texas.

Excerpt from MSNBC:
The three 5-4 rulings had the same lineup of justices, with Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and John Paul Stevens forming the majority.

"When the jury is not permitted to give meaningful effect or a 'reasoned moral response' to a defendant's mitigating evidence...the sentencing process is fatally flawed," Stevens wrote in Abdul-Kabir's case

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

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