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Supreme Court examines death penalty for the disabled

Supreme Court | Texas case challenges courtroom standards for intellectual impairment
by Mary Reichard
Posted 1/02/17, 11:59 am

Bobby James Moore got the death penalty for a murder he committed in 1980 at a Houston supermarket. But 36 years later, he has a new argument: He is intellectually disabled and cannot be executed under a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Supreme Court heard his case at the end of November.  

Moore was 21 when he and some friends decided to rob Birdsall Super Market. His job was to stand guard with a shotgun. Things did not go as planned. Almost immediately after two clerks in the courtesy booth learned they were being robbed, one of them screamed.

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SCOTUS hears racially charged death penalty case

Death Penalty | A convicted murderer claims his own lawyers brought racial bias to the case
by Mary Reichard
Posted 10/10/16, 12:59 pm

In its first week of oral arguments, the Supreme Court heard the case of Duane Buck, who murdered his ex-girlfriend and her friend in Houston in 1995, while her children watched. For that, Buck received the death penalty.

But Buck claims racial prejudice tainted the jury, based on evidence his own attorneys presented. In Texas, jurors can’t impose the death penalty unless they find the defendant poses a future danger.

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by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/12/16, 11:20 am

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