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May 2, 2006

Press coverage of SCOTUS capital action

I canvassed here yesterday's work by the Supreme Court in deciding one capital case from South Carolina (Holmes) and deciding to decide another case from California (Ornaski v. Belmontes).  As he does so well, Howard Bashman has collected today's press coverage of these developments: at this link are stories about Holmes; at this link are stories about Belmontes.

The stories providing background about Belmontes confirms my concern that the Supreme Court believes it should be in the business of error-correction whenever a death sentence was perhaps wrongfully overturned.  As I have argued previously here and here, I am not confident that this is the best use of the Court's limited time and docket.

May 2, 2006 at 08:58 AM | Permalink

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