Entries tagged with “Wesley Coonce

State & Federal Info

Federal Death Penalty

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Jul 22, 2019

Death-Penalty News and Developments for the Week of July 2228, 2019: Appeals Court Permits New Capital Prosecution in Only Wyoming Death-Penalty Case

NEWS: July 23The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Wyoming pros­e­cu­tors may seek the death penal­ty in resen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings against 74-year-old Dale Wayne Eaton. Eaton had been the only per­son on Wyoming’s death row between 2004, when he was sen­tenced to death for a 1988 killing, and 2014, when a fed­er­al dis­trict court reversed his death sen­tence for inef­fec­tive penal­ty-phase rep­re­sen­ta­tion. At that time, Eaton sought to bar a cap­i­tal resen­tenc­ing tri­al, argu­ing that the death of poten­tial mit­i­ga­tion wit­ness­es and the loss of mit­i­gat­ing evi­dence caused by the…

Policy Issues

Arbitrariness

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Intellectual Disability

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Race

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United States Supreme Court

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Jun 22, 2022

On 20th Anniversary of Atkins v. Virginia, Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review Procedural Loophole Permitting Execution of Intellectually Disabled Prisoners

On the twen­ti­eth anniver­sary of its land­mark deci­sion in Atkins v. Virginia pro­hibit­ing the use of the death penal­ty against indi­vid­u­als with intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a Florida case that cre­ates a pro­ce­dur­al loop­hole that allows those exe­cu­tions to continue.

Policy Issues

Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Federal Death Penalty

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Nov 04, 2021

Supreme Court Declines to Review Death Sentence in Case in Which Federal Prosecutors and Defense Agree Defendant’s Intellectual Disability Makes Him Ineligible for the Death Penalty

In a rul­ing that pro­voked a sharp dis­sent from the Court’s lib­er­al minor­i­ty, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of a death-row pris­on­er whom pros­e­cu­tors and defense lawyers agree is not eli­gi­ble for the death penal­ty as a result of recent revi­sions of the def­i­n­i­tion of intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty by the med­ical community.