Entries tagged with “Kenneth Barrett

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Jan 25, 2021

Capital Case Roundup — Death Penalty Court Decisions the Week of January 182021

NEWS (1/​22/​21) — Texas: The Kaufman County District Attorney’s office has con­ced­ed that Texas death-row pris­on­er Charles Brownlow is intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled and can­not be resen­tenced to death. The coun­ty pros­e­cu­tors’ deci­sion comes after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed Brownlow’s death sen­tence, say­ing that the state courts had pre­vi­ous­ly reject­ed his claim of intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty using a def­i­n­i­tion of the dis­or­der that the U.S. Supreme Court lat­er struck down as unconstitutional.

Policy Issues

Representation

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Federal Death Penalty

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Jan 28, 2021

Three Cases Illustrate Federal Death Penalty in Flux as Biden Team Takes Reins at DOJ

Developments in three fed­er­al cap­i­tal cas­es at the tran­si­tion between pres­i­den­tial admin­is­tra­tions illus­trate the choic­es that the new Biden Department of Justice will face in for­mu­lat­ing its pol­i­cy on the fed­er­al death penal­ty. The cas­es, each at a crit­i­cal turn­ing point in deter­min­ing whether to move for­ward in a poten­tial­ly cap­i­tal pros­e­cu­tion, will shed light on the strength of the DOJ leadership’s com­mit­ment to imple­ment­ing the president’s pledge to end the fed­er­al death penalty.