StandDown Texas Project

The StandDown Texas Project identifies and advocates best practices in the criminal justice system. To stand down is to go off duty temporarily, especially to review safety procedures. That is what Texas needs to do with its death penalty.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

U.S. Supreme Court Rebukes Texas Again

Courts generally use very deferential language. Yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court overturning a Texas death sentence is unusually blunt in it's criticism that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals are not following prior rulings by the high Court.

The matter was so clear to the Supreme Court that it did not even hold oral arguments in the case.

The Times article is linked above. The opinion is here.

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