In our news wrap Wednesday, Los Angeles County approved a settlement over systematic abuses of minorities. Under the settlement, the sheriff’s department agreed to three years of federal monitoring. Also, the government reported today that the first quarter GDP rose at an annual rate of just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the economy, but expects improvement. Continue reading
Twelve years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, held that the execution of mentally retarded persons violated the Constitution. On Monday, the justices returned to this area of the law to examine how one state determines who is exempt from the death penalty. Continue reading
The case being argued Monday at the court centers on how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death, 12 years after the justices prohibited the execution of the mentally disabled.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to stay an execution by lethal injection in Mississippi, the third such decision halting an execution ahead of a case that will test the constitutionality of lethal injections. The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle discusses the implications for capital punishment policy. Continue reading
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that death row inmates may file last-resort challenges to lethal injections, citing them as cruel and unusual punishment. Continue reading