capital punishment

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Petitioner Carlos Manuel Ayestas was convicted and sentenced to death for murder in 1995. See Ayestas v. Stephens, 817 F.3d 888, 892 (5th Cir. 2016). After the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed his conviction and sentence, Ayestas petitioned for...

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Appealed from: United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Mar. 1, 2006; July 22, 2005)

Oral argument: Jan. 17, 2007

Brent Ray Brewer and Jalil Abdul-Kabir, the petitioners in...

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Brent Ray Brewer was convicted and sentenced to death in Texas for the murder of Robert Laminack. Petition for Writ of Certiorari at 2, Brewer v. Dretke, No. 05-11287 (May 30, 2006) (“Brewer Petition for Cert.”). At trial, counsel...

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In March 1996, Russell Bucklew followed his former girlfriend, Stephanie Ray, to the trailer home of Michael Sanders, where she was living. Bucklew v. Precythe (“Precythe”) at 1–2. Bucklew entered the trailer and shot Sanders. Id. While Sanders bled to...

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Facts

On September 9, 1982, the governor of Florida signed Freddie Lee Hall's death warrant for the murder of Karol Hurst, after Hall was tried and convicted in Putnam County and the Florida Supreme Court upheld the conviction. See Hall v. State, ...

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In 1983, a Tennessee jury convicted Petitioner Edward Jerome Harbison of first-degree murder, second-degree burglary, and grand larceny, and sentenced him to death. See Harbison v. Bell,503 F.3d 566, 567 (6th Cir. 2007). ...

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Oral argument: January 12, 2009

Appealed from: United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit (Sep. 27, 2007)

COUNSEL, CLEMENCY, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, HABEAS CORPUS, TERRORIST DEATH PENALTY ENHANCEMENT ACT

The Terrorist Death Penalty...

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Brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr were found guilty of committing several violent crimes, including capital murder, stemming from three incidents that occurred in December 2000 in Wichita, Kansas. See State v. Carr, 331 P.3d 544, 573–74 (...

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Brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr were found guilty of committing several violent crimes, including capital murder, stemming from three incidents that occurred in December 2000 in Wichita, Kansas. See State v. Carr, 331 P.3d 544, 573–74 (Kan. 2014)....

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On February 12, 2004, Sidney Gleason, Damien Thompson, Ricky Galindo, Brittany Fulton, and Mikiala Martinez robbed Paul Elliott at knifepoint in his home in Great Bend, Kansas. See State v. Gleason, 329 P.3d 1102,...

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On February 12, 2004, Sidney Gleason, Damien Thompson, Ricky Galindo, Brittany Fulton, and Mikiala Martinez robbed Paul Elliott at knifepoint in his home in Great Bend, Kansas. See State v. Gleason, 329 P.3d 1102, 1113–14 (Kan. 2014). On February 20,...

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In 1985, Petitioner Vernon Madison shot and killed Officer Julius Schulte in Mobile, Alabama and was sentenced to death by a jury for capital murder. Brief for Respondent, State of Alabama at 3; Petition for Writ of Certiorari, at 4. In 1986, the...

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In 1980, Bobby James Moore was convicted of murder in Texas and sentenced to death. See Ex parte Moore, No. WR-13,374-05, 1 (Tex. Crim. App.  Sept. 16, 2015). The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Moore’s conviction and sentence and denied...

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Sean Carter was convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and rape and sentenced to death in Ohio. Carter v. Bradshaw, 583 F. Supp. 2d 872, 873 (N.D. Ohio 2008). When Carter refused to discuss a possible appeal, Carter’s counsel...

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Whether the Supreme Court's 1966 decision in Rees v. Peyton, in which a district court determined the mental competence of a death row prisoner in a habeas proceeding, guarantees...

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Facts

A grand jury indicted Respondent Robert Keith Woodall for the murder, kidnapping, and rape of a sixteen-year-old female victim, and Woodall pled guilty in Kentucky state court to all of the charges and aggravating circumstances. See Woodall v. Com...