The high court said Monday it would decide whether Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region 16 years ago, may challenge his sentence of life in prison without parole. Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, who was executed, killed 10 people.
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear cases involving a non-unanimous jury verdict in a Louisiana murder case and Kansas’ removal of the insanity defense for criminal defendants. The cases will be heard in the term beginning in October.
Next week, the justices will consider the appeal of Curtis Flowers, a black Mississippian who argues that prosecutors intentionally struck black potential jurors because of their race. Flowers has been tried six times for murder.
Neomi Rao’s opponents quoted a college essay as one reason for their concerns. She wrote that a woman should be held responsible for what happens to her if she “drinks to the point where she can no longer choose.”
The judicial disciplinary system was beefed up after sexual misconduct claims against appeals court judge Alex Kozinski, who resigned after reports that 15 women had accused him. So far, the Supreme Court lacks its own disciplinary system.
Law enforcement-assisted diversion and addiction treatment programs are hailed as common-sense alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenses. But they can create a “treatment industry” that exploits low-income offenders, a conference at John Jay College was told.
The Maryland Court of Appeals reinstated Adnan Syed’s 2000 conviction for strangling his former girlfriend. Ruling 4-3, the court rejected the argument that Syed’s trial attorney should have contacted a potential alibi witness.