The US Supreme Court has said that it violates the Constitution to execute someone who is mentally retarded. But the Court has never articulated a definition, leaving that to each individual state. There has been much litigation over the definitions. Some states are outliers in terms of their definitions, and Florida is one such state. The US Supreme Court has just taken a case in which the man convicted has been found to be mentally retarded, but does not meet Florida’s definition.
Interesting blog post on the role of racism in the shooting death of 24-year old Jonathan Ferrell after a car accident in Charlotte.
Asheville Citizen-TImes reports that former sheriff Bobby Medford and others created an environment in which improper and unconstitutional investigative techniques could be used with impunity.
Crime Labs Under the Microscope
Long article from the American Bar Association discussing problems with state crime labs, including the 2010 NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) scandal.
Things you never considered might come into play in judicial decisions
Interesting article on a study suggesting that judicial decisions can be swayed by things that have nothing to do with it.
Hey, I have an idea!
When we get rid of the death penalty, we’ll save millions. Just a thought.
Papers are being filed. Websites are being set up. Plans are being made. Offices are being rented. Go-live date is 9/1/2013.