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Amicus Brief in Barbour v. Allen (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
Arguing that Alabama has a responsibility to provide legal assistance to death-sentenced prisoners who bring state post-conviction claims, since the primary responsibility for correcting potential constitutional errors in such cases has shifted from federal to state courts in recent decades.
Amicus Brief in Barbour v. Allen (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
Arguing that Alabama has a responsibility to provide legal assistance to death-sentenced prisoners who bring state post-conviction claims, since the primary responsibility for correcting potential constitutional errors in such cases has shifted from federal to state courts in recent decades.
US Supreme Court Issued Decision Favored by The Constitution Project in Smith v. Texas
US Supreme Court Issued Decision Favored by The Constitution Project in Smith v. Texas
The Constitution Co-hosts Screening and Discussion of The Trials of Darryl Hunt
Virginia Sloan moderated panel regarding capital punishment at summit hosted by ABA & ACS
Virginia Sloan moderated ACS panel on Panetti and the Future of the American Death Penalty
The American Constitution Society sponsored an event on Tuesday, April 10 entitled “ Panetti v. Quarterman and the Future of the American Death Penalty.” Constitution Project President, Virginia E. Sloan moderated the panel on Scott Panetti, who is currently on death row in Texas for killing his in-laws.
Amicus Brief in Smith v. Texas (U.S. Supreme Court, Merits Stage)
Arguing that the instructions to the sentencing jury in the capital prosecution of LaRoyce Smith violated the 8th Amendment because the written instruction did not allow the jury to consider the mitigating evidence that had been introduced.
Amicus Brief in Smith v. Texas (U.S. Supreme Court, Merits Stage)
Arguing that the instructions to the sentencing jury in the capital prosecution of LaRoyce Smith violated the 8th Amendment because the written instruction did not allow the jury to consider the mitigating evidence that had been introduced.
Amicus Brief in Smith v. Texas (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
Former United States Court of Appeals Judges arguing that the Supreme Court should hear the case because it concerns the obligation of state courts to comply with decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and for states not to invent new procedural grounds to avoid compliance in a case where written jury instructions did not permit jurors to consider mitigating evidence when determining whether to sentence LaRoyce Smith to death.
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