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Jun 07, 2021

Capital Case Roundup — Death Penalty Court Decisions the Week of May 312021

NEWS (6/​4/​21) — Arizona: The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 deci­sion in Lynch v. Arizona, which struck down the state’s uncon­sti­tu­tion­al refusal to instruct cap­i­tal-sen­tenc­ing juries that defen­dants who are sen­tenced to life are not eli­gi­ble for parole, does not pro­vide grounds for a death-row pris­on­er to seek new state-court review of that…

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Feb 23, 2023

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Arizona Ruling That Barred Death Row Appeal

In a 5 – 4 deci­sion in Cruz v. Arizona on February 22, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court held that John Cruz should have been able to inform his sen­tenc­ing jury that if he were spared a death sen­tence, he nev­er would have been eli­gi­ble for parole. The Court said that its hold­ing was in direct line with its pre­vi­ous deci­sions in Simmons v. South Carolina and Lynch v. Arizona, which estab­lished this right and its spe­cif­ic applic­a­bil­i­ty to Arizona. This rul­ing not only allows…