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January 19, 2007

Death and the SCOTUS docket

Yesterday the Washington Post ran this intriguing piece focused on one of my favorite topics for kvetching: the Supreme Court's criminal docket being consumed by death penalty cases.  Here is a snippet:

The cases of at least nine death row inmates nationwide -- who are not proclaiming innocence but are protesting their sentences -- are on the court's docket in this term. Just as the justices scrutinized Virginia's system for carrying out the death penalty several years ago, they are examining four cases from Texas this year, including the three heard [this week].

I am in the midst of finishing an article with some musings about why — and why its is bad — the Supreme Court's docket is so deadly.  The article (which I'll post when fully drafted) builds on some of my (excessive?) blog work on this topic.

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