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Monday, August 17, 2009

USSC Issues Unusual Order in Death-Row Case Involving Innocence Claim

Responding to an original writ of habeas corpus (filed originally in the Supreme Court rather than in a lower court), the Court today ordered a district court to "“receive testimony and make findings of fact as to whether evidence that could not have been obtained at the time of trial clearly establishes petitioner's innocence.” The New York Times reports on the matter here. Lyle Denniston weighs in on the case at SCOTUSblog, and Orin Kerr has an analysis at The Volokh Conspiracy.

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