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In March 1991, over a span of two weeks, Petitioner James Erin McKinney (“McKinney”) and his half-brother committed two burglaries in Arizona, which resulted in the deaths of Christine Mertens and Jim McClain. McKinney v. Arizona at 2. McKinney was...

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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 his...

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Randy Lee Guzek has been before the Oregon Supreme Court on three occasions between 1990 and 2004, all regarding the sentencing phase of a capital trial in which he was convicted for the murders of Rod and Lois Houser. Because of the errors in the...

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On September 8, 1992, Scott Louis Panetti, dressed in camouflage military fatigues and donning a recently shaved head, fired a sawed off shotgun at Mr. and Mrs. Alvarado, his parents-in-law, killing them instantly. See Brief for Petitioner Panettiat 7...

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Ernest Valencia Gonzales was charged with murder in 1990, and was tried in the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona. His first trial resulted in a hung jury. See Gonzales v. Schriro 617 F.Supp.2d 849, 856 (D. Ari 2008). Upon retrial, the jury...

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An Arizona state court convicted Respondent Jeffrey Landrigan of first-degree murder in 1990. See Petition for Certiorari at 1,2. After Landrigan's conviction, the trial court considered evidence of aggravating and mitigating circumstances. See id at 2...

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In 1983, Frank Spisak (“Spisak”) was convicted of murdering a minister and three students in a racially and homophobically motivated shooting spree at Cleveland State University and was sentenced to death. See Spisak v. Mitchell, 465 F.3d 684, 688 (6th...

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In 1991, 19 year old LaRoyce Lathair Smith was convicted of the capital murder of his coworker, who Smith had pistol whipped and shot. Smith v. Texas, 543 U.S. 37, 38 (2004) (“Smith I”). After Smith was convicted, the jury was tasked with deciding...

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In August 1996, Allen Snyder, an African-American capital defendant, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death by an all-white jury in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Brief of Petitioner at 2, 16. The jury found Snyder guilty of...

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Does the exception to the procedural default doctrine rule laid out in Martinez v. Ryan apply to defendants who bring ineffective assistance of counsel claims for the...

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