Monday, June 3, 2013

Supreme Court: Legal Victories for Condemned Inmates

US Supreme Court orders 6 death row cases reviewed

HOUSTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [June 3, 2013] sent the cases of six Texas death row inmates, including one of the infamous "Texas 7" gang of escapees, back to a lower court for reviews of whether attorneys in earlier stages of appeals let the men down.

The decisions are in line with last week's ruling in another Texas case where the justices, in a 5-4 vote, said a condemned prisoner had deficient legal help early because appeals lawyers didn't raise challenges that his trial lawyers were ineffective.

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It is probably a dream come true for the six condemned people to have their cases reviewed before being eligible for execution. Many defendants who must depend on overworked public defenders operating on small budgets to defend the nation's indigent people are represented by ineffective counsel. In fact, so much can happen in a criminal case to cause wrongful convictions before and during the court process that wrongful convictions are bound to happen from time to time. However, wrongful executions should never happen, and they would be impossible if every state does what Maryland recently did:


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