Death penalty

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

In Winkler v. State, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed and remanded a capital murder defendant’s case so that his attorneys...

Maryland abolishes the death penalty

Maryland abolishes the death penalty

Maryland has become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty (17 + the District of Columbia).¬† Maryland’s legislature has...

Connecticut repeals the death penalty

Connecticut repeals the death penalty

Connecticut has become the 17th state to repeal the death penalty: Connecticut has become the 17th state to repeal the...

Will Connecticut abolish the death penalty?

Will Connecticut abolish the death penalty?

Connecticut’s Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty – it still has to pass the House and the Governor...

S.C. Supreme Court hears prosecutorial misconduct case

S.C. Supreme Court hears prosecutorial misconduct case

The S.C. Supreme heard oral arguments Wednesday in the appeal of Jerry Buck Inman, who pled guilty to murder and...

Troy Davis executed

Troy Davis executed

Troy Davis was killed at 11:08 PM last night. He was murdered by justices of the United States Supreme Court,...

Speaking out about injustice

Speaking out about injustice

When I see injustice, and especially when I see it happening in a courtroom, I feel alternately enraged, disappointed, saddened,...

Easter, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty

Easter, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty

Easter is very relevant to criminal justice – the Easter story is the story of a revolutionary who was persecuted,...

Vasquez v. State – Horry County death sentence reversed on PCR

Vasquez v. State – Horry County death sentence reversed on PCR

In Vasquez v. State, the S.C. Supreme Court granted post conviction relief, overturned Vasquez’s death sentence, and ordered that Vasquez...

State v. Williams – death penalty affirmed

State v. Williams – death penalty affirmed

In State v. Williams, decided February 8, the S.C. Supreme Court upheld Williams’ death sentence following his convictions for murder,...