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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Taking on the Fifth

Thomas Miller-El Posted by Hello

The Supreme Court continues battling the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit over death row cases in Texas, according to a follow-up story in the New York Times. The court heard arguments Monday in the case of Thomas Miller-El, who was sentenced to death for killing a Dallas hotel clerk.

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that evidence all blacks were struck from Miller-El's jury is enough to give him an appeal hearing. But the Fifth Circuit ignored the decision, deciding instead to adopt Clarence Thomas' minority opinion. Now the supremes are hearing the case again.


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