Supreme Courtroom Declines to Hear Loss of life Row Case

With a pointy dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Courtroom declined to evaluate a ruling by the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the sixth Circuit that granted a brand new evidentiary listening to to a death-row inmate who claimed jury bias in his trial, Amy Howe reviews for the SCOTUS blog. 

Jeronique Cunningham, the death-row inmate, was sentenced to dying for 3 murders. Nevertheless, the state of Ohio pushed the Supreme Courtroom to overturn the ruling of the sixth Circuit courtroom after state efforts had been unsuccessful.

Cunningham argued {that a} foreperson of his jury obtained outdoors info through the trial. Allegedly, the data got here from social employees who reportedly knew Cunningham and “had been afraid of him.” The social employees additionally had a purported relationship with the victims’ households.

Justice Thomas vehemently dissented, emphasizing the necessity to right the abuses of federal habeas regulation, a regulation that enables inmates to problem their convictions primarily based on new proof or constitutional violations.

“Any evidentiary listening to on Cunningham’s family-relationship declare could be an abuse of discretion it doesn’t matter what courtroom ordered it,” Justice Thomas mentioned in his dissent.

Nevertheless, the Supreme Courtroom determined to think about an identical case, Escobar v. Texas, the place the prosecution agreed that the defendant’s conviction needs to be reversed, John Elwood reviews for the SCOTUS blog. 

However the Escobar case offers with tainted DNA proof fairly than potential jury bias, as with Cunningham’s case.

Nonetheless, Justice Thomas let loose his frustration in his Cunnigham dissent.

“The Sixth Circuit’s determination is greater than an error—it’s an injustice. ”

James Van Bramer is TCR’s Affiliate Editor