Justices Probe Role of Mental Illness, Drugs in Death Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court examined a Texas death penalty case Monday, weighing when federal courts should grant funding to investigate unexplored mitigating evidence that could toss out a death sentence, the Texas Tribune reports. The court heard arguments in the case of Carlos Ayestas, a 48-year-old Honduran national sentenced to death 20 years ago in the 1995 . . .

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