Entries tagged with “James Kahler

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Mar 23, 2020

News Brief — U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Kansas Death-Row Prisoner on Right to Present an Insanity Defense

NEWS (3/​23/​20): U.S. Supreme Court — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kansas death-row pris­on­er who had argued his con­vic­tion vio­lat­ed due process because he had not been per­mit­ted to present an insan­i­ty defense. In a 6 – 3 deci­sion authored by Justice Elena Kagan, the Court upheld the con­vic­tion of James Kahler for mur­der­ing his estranged wife, two teenage daugh­ters, and a fourth fam­i­ly mem­ber in 2009, while in a state of severe depres­sion from the break­down of his marriage.

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Oct 09, 2019

Supreme Court Opens 2019 – 2020 Term with Consideration of Death Penalty Cases

The 2019 – 2020 U.S. Supreme Court term opened on October 7 with the Court declin­ing to review chal­lenges to death-penal­ty court deci­sions from a num­ber of states and with the Court hear­ing argu­ment in a Kansas death-penal­ty case rais­ing con­sti­tu­tion­al ques­tions about a defendant’s right to present an insan­i­ty defense.