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Thursday, January 18, 2007

CrimProf Douglas Berman Comments on the Supreme Court and Capital Cases

Yesterday, not only did the Supreme Court hear the capital case presented by Texas Law's clinic, Smith v. Texas (05-11304), it heard two others as well, Abdul-Kabir v. Quarterman (05-11284) and Brewer v. Quarterman (05-11287). Seems that it was death penalty day at the Supreme Court.  Here's an article from the WashingtonPost reviewing those three cases with some discussion about the Supreme Court's rulings on capital punishment over the past few years.  The article quotes Ohio State CrimProf Douglas Berman.  He notes that the court's decisions in most death penalty cases affect only a handful of people in the states from which the cases arise. He would like to see the Supreme Court fill its limited docket with other sentencing disparities "that affect thousands of people every day." Story here from washingtonpost.com. . . [Michele Berry]

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