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October 8, 2012

Lots of notable SCOTUS action for criminal justice fans despite short week

Returning to action after the holiday weekend, the Supreme Court has criminal justice issues within three of its four cases scheduled for oral argument over the next two days (and the fourth is the high-profile affirmative-action case out of Texas).  With links and descriptions from the always terrific SCOTUSblog, here is the criminal justice argument line-up:

Tuesday, October 9:

Wednesday, October 10

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Question: Is the competency standard advanced by the Ninth and Sixth Circuits in any way different, functionally, from the Ford v. Wainwright standard?

If not, I don't see what the States are complaining about. They can't execute anyway so long as the prisoners are incompetent. Yes, there will be delay, but the cost should be minor: housing an incompetent inmate is relatively nominal compared with litigation expenses, which of course should not accrue since the proceedings are stayed.

Posted by: SashokJD | Oct 9, 2012 12:15:51 AM

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