Entries tagged with “Charles Rhines

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Apr 03, 2019

Discriminatory Use of Death Penalty Against Gays Raises Concerns Globally and in the U.S.

As human rights activists raise alarms about a new law in Brunei that would pun­ish homo­sex­u­al­i­ty by death by ston­ing, the U.S. Supreme Court con­sid­ers whether to hear a case in which jurors who exhib­it­ed anti-gay big­otry sen­tenced a gay defen­dant to death. Charles Rhines (pic­tured), a South Dakota death-row pris­on­er, is ask­ing the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case, after a low­er fed­er­al court denied him the oppor­tu­ni­ty to present juror state­ments show­ing that homo­pho­bic prej­u­dice played a role in his death sen­tence. Leading civ­il rights orga­ni­za­tions, including…

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United States Supreme Court

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Upcoming Executions

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Jun 28, 2019

During National Pride Month, South Dakota Schedules Execution in Case Tainted by Anti-Gay Bias

In the midst of National Pride Month com­mem­o­rat­ing the 50th anniver­sary of the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the mod­ern LGBTQ rights move­ment, South Dakota has issued a death war­rant seek­ing to exe­cute a gay man whose death sen­tence was taint­ed by anti-gay bias. Charles Rhines (pic­tured) was sen­tenced to death by a jury that, accord­ing to juror affi­davits, was influ­enced by big­ot­ed stereo­types in reach­ing its deci­sion. On June 25, 2019, in response to a motion filed by state pros­e­cu­tors, Pennington County cir­cuit court Judge Robert A. Mandel…

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Lethal Injection

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Nov 04, 2019

South Dakota Prisoner Executed After Supreme Court Denies Review of Anti-Gay Bias, Denial of Mental Health Expert

Whether South Dakota death-row pris­on­er Charles Rhines (pic­tured) lives or dies may depend less on whether he was con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death and more on whether the courts val­ue final­i­ty more than they val­ue fair­ness. As Rhines filed two sep­a­rate peti­tions in the U.S. Supreme Court and an appeal in the South Dakota Supreme Court on November 1, the South Dakota Department of Corrections announced that his exe­cu­tion, sched­uled for the week of November 3, 2019, would be car­ried out short­ly after noon on Monday, November 4. [UPDATE:…

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United States Supreme Court

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Jun 05, 2018

Supreme Court Asked to Review Constitutionality of Death Sentence Grounded in Anti-Gay Stereotypes

A gay man on death row in South Dakota has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case and to rule that it is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al for jurors to impose the death penal­ty based upon anti-gay ani­mus and stereo­types. Charles Rhines (pic­tured) argues that South Dakota’s courts improp­er­ly refused to con­sid­er evi­dence — includ­ing an affi­davit from one of his jurors that the jury knew that he was a homo­sex­u­al and thought that he shouldn’t be able to spend his life with men in prison” — show­ing that jurors in his case improp­er­ly based…

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Apr 16, 2019

Supreme Court Denies Review in Case of Death Sentence Tainted by Anti-Gay Bias

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of a South Dakota death-row pris­on­er whose jurors made anti-gay state­ments and relied on homo­pho­bic beliefs in decid­ing to sen­tence him to death. On April 15, 2019, the Court with­out com­ment denied a peti­tion filed by Charles Rhines (pic­tured) ask­ing the Court to declare that the con­sti­tu­tion­al right to an impar­tial jury applies equal­ly to bias against a defendant’s sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion. In a state­ment respond­ing to the Court’s deci­sion, Shawn Nolan, one of Rhines’ fed­er­al appeals lawyers, said: As Chief…