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October 4, 2005

High court death penalty news

I noted in this post the incredibly long list of cert denieds in yesterday's Supreme Court order list, and the morning papers now have details on some death penalty cases that SCOTUS decided not to hear.  Many thought that the Lovitt case from Virginia, previously discussed here, might get the Supreme Court's attention because of a stay granted this summer and former SG Ken Starr's involvement.  But, as detailed in the NY Times article, Lovitt's case was on the long cert denied list.  Also, high-profile capital cases from California and from Connecticut were on the cert denied list.

In related high court news, this Washington Post article reports that "Maryland's highest court denied a condemned man's bid yesterday for a hearing to show that his sentence was rendered illegal by racial and other inequalities that his attorneys, citing a state-sponsored study, argue are pervasive in the application of the state's death penalty law."

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