Entries tagged with “Carnell Petetan, Jr.

May 17, 2021

Capital Case Roundup — Death Penalty Court Decisions the Week of May 102021

NEWS (5/​14/​21) — North Carolina: A Rowan County tri­al judge has resen­tenced William Barnes to con­sec­u­tive life sen­tences for the mur­ders of an elder­ly North Carolina cou­ple in 1992, after the coun­ty dis­trict attorney’s office declined to pur­sue a new cap­i­tal sen­tenc­ing hear­ing. The dis­trict attorney’s deci­sion, made with the agree­ment of the vic­tims’ fam­i­ly, fol­lowed a fed­er­al appeals court rul­ing that had over­turned Barnes’ death sen­tences because of juror misconduct.

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Intellectual Disability


United States Supreme Court


Oct 19, 2017

Supreme Court Directs Florida to Reconsider Intellectual Disability Decision in Death Penalty Case

The United States Supreme Court has ordered the Florida Supreme Court to recon­sid­er a deci­sion that had denied a death-row pris­on­er’s claim that he was inel­i­gi­ble for the death penal­ty because he has Intellectual Disability. On October 16, the Court reversed and remand­ed the case of Tavares Wright (pic­tured, left), direct­ing the Florida courts to recon­sid­er his intel­lec­tu­al-dis­abil­i­ty claim in light of the con­sti­tu­tion­al stan­dard the Court set forth in its March 2017 deci­sion in Moore v. Texas.