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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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The plaintiffs in Coleman v. Schwarzenegger filed a class action in 1990, alleging that the failure to provide services to inmates with mental disabilities in the California prison system violated their rights under the Eighth Amendment, the Fourteenth...

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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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On June 11, 1984, Terrance Williams and Marc Draper robbed and murdered Amos Norwood. See Brief for Petitioner at 4. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, under the leadership of then-District Attorney Ronald Castille, prosecuted the...

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