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December 28, 2004

Interesting murder sentencing case law

Thanks to the blogsphere, I can spotlight a few interesting and noteworthy appellate rulings in murder cases:

  • From CrimProf Blog comes this post discussing the decision of the Missouri Supreme Court in Hutchinson v. Missouri in which the court reverses a death sentence for Brandon Hutchinson based on ineffective assistance of counsel in the penalty phase.  But, what is getting the blogsphere's attention in this case (see TalkLeft and Instapundit) is that Hutchinson's co-defendant Freddy Lopez received 10 years in part of a plea deal that resulted from a $230,000 payment from a killer's family to the victim's family.  I hope to be able to do some commentary on this very interesting case later tonight.

  • From How Appealing at this post is a report on a habeas decision from the Ninth Circuit.  Here is how Howard describes the decision in Lambert v. Blodgett:

A unanimous three-judge panel consisting of judges regarded as part of the Ninth Circuit's conservative wing, today reversed the grant of habeas corpus that a federal district court had issued in favor of a fifteen-year-old who had pleaded guilty in state court to aggravated first-degree murder, an offense that carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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why do people murder other people?

Posted by: Jessica | May 12, 2005 12:00:43 PM

i'm just a school student from america interested in being a phsycologist....
if u have further more interesting cases please could u e-mail them 2 me

Posted by: shorna | Jul 28, 2005 11:01:32 PM

hello my name is amie and i have got to prepare a speech for my GCSE English Coursework. i'm wondering if you could help me by advising me on the sentencing for murder for adult and young offenders.
many thanks
amie

Posted by: Amie Clark | Sep 12, 2006 5:39:59 AM

Well, I just tried to post some interesting law information. I used no foul language. It was rejected for posting! I see freedom of speech is not allowed on this page, and I guess no one is allowed to question or bring out the negative side of our judicial system. I am not a law student or attorney; I guess that is a reason. I clicked on the web site from the search engine beause it was headed "Interesting murder sentencing cases". Well, I just thought I could add an interestin comment that you should have seen that would have drawn more people to your page. All I can say is that the editor of this site is stupid for not posting my interesting comment. People would have read that because it really was interesting! These comments that you have allowed are just plain out stupid. Wish I would not have wasted my time. At least I know an editor is reading this.......ALLOW BETTER COMMENTS TO BE POSTED. I would like to see more genuine stories of other people's interesting murder sentencing under the comments. I'm sure I'm not the only one that was not allowed to post!

Posted by: Bridget Jones | Jun 2, 2011 10:29:42 AM

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